Three Strikes

In baseball terms, everybody is familiar with how many strikes a batter gets. Strike one, strike two and strike three. Strike one is the batter’s opportunity to take a look to see the picture. In terms of health care reform, it is an employer’s opportunity to take a look at the regulation and compliance requirements that already exist. During strike two, batters need to be a little more selective about the pitches they are looking to hit. With health care reform, the middle body of regulation has more teeth in it as well as a bit more framing. Employers need to be very cognizant of what is coming down the road. It is important for them to understand more and be little bit deeper into the at-bat. Strike three is when the batter has not taken advantage of strikes one or two, but rather stood there taking pitches to take pitches. The third pitch arrives and he is out. If the batter has not been paying attention to strikes one and two, he is not ready for the final pitch with which he must do something. It is the ultimate compliance. Employers have to have a partner on their side. They have to have somebody who is looking out for their best interests to put a game plan together for that at-bat so they can take advantage of those first two strikes, and when strike three comes, they are ready to hit it and go.