Dennis Butts, Strategic Healthcare Transofrmation Consulting

Dennis K. Butts, Jr.


Strategy & Innovation

Chicago , IL +1.312.251.5902

Areas of Expertise

Dennis Butts is a partner at Guidehouse and its Health Strategy & Innovation Leader. With more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience, he has led numerous strategic planning engagements, and is a nationally recognized expert in the design, development, and implementation of clinically integrated networks for hospitals, health systems, and academic medical centers. Butts is also highly experienced across the full spectrum of clinician alignment vehicles and strategies to optimize hospital and physician partnerships and effectively implement value-based payment and delivery models. In the arena of health system and service line improvement, he assists senior leadership teams in the development of strategic initiatives that enable health systems to appropriately respond to shifting market, competitor, and regulatory demands.

Butts has authored several articles related to clinical integration and enterprise risk management in national publications, and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the University of Florida Healthcare Executive Education Program.

Engagement highlights:

Clinical Integration

  • Led three health systems through a process to develop the legal structure, operating model, medical management structure and financial model for a Super CIN that would combine a Pioneer ACO and two other CINs into one super structure to advance population health efforts
  • Led steering and sub-committees at a 6-hospital health system to determine vision for clinical integration, determine the appropriate pace of change to pursue risk-based contracts and develop key program elements to successfully launch the CIN
  • Supported development of CI playbook to scale and prioritize CIN efforts across multiple geographies including common data analytics and infrastructure, care management solutions and short and long-term CI program objectives
  • Developed communication plan to effectively engage board, medical staff and employees regarding rationale, requirements and benefits of clinical integration

Physician Alignment and Strategy

  • Led development of 3-year strategic and operational plan for large multispecialty physician group to improve performance and properly position for payment reform
  • Developed two co-management agreements for an AMC in spine and solid organ transplant as a preliminary step toward greater degrees of accountability for performance
  • Led primary care network development strategy for 5-hospital system to increase access to health services in targeted geographies

Health System and Service Line Strategy

  • Led development of health system strategy to integrate two recently merged community hospitals into the overall system plan.  Plan included physician alignment, service line optimization and regionalization strategies, and the creation of narrow networks to optimize the system’s high quality and low cost position vis-à-vis the asset-heavy competition
  • Developed health system strategy for an AMC to determine best way to leverage current market position and feasibility of sustaining independence as a single-campus center serving 21-county market
  • Conducted feasibility study for health system to build its own inpatient rehab program to better manage care transition and further develop its post-acute strategy
MBA,Strategic Management, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
BS, International Business, University of Akron
Health System Management, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
Membership and Activity Information
Adjunct Professor, University of Florida Healthcare Executive Education Program

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