18 Apr Hope Street Group 2013 Colloquium Healthcare Executive Summary and Next Steps
Posted at 19:02h in Publications
Thursday, April 18th, 2013
The Healthcare Working Group included over 25 healthcare leaders, innovators, experts, practitioners, policy advisors, and business representatives. Moderated by Monique Nadeau, President & CEO of Hope Street Group, and Dr. Kavita Patel, Fellow and Managing Director at the Engelberg Center for Reform at The Brookings Institute, the group sought to explore a sometimes difficult and controversial topic: can (and should) Americans act as true consumers of healthcare?
Governor Jack Markell of Delaware introduced the working group discussion by sharing some of the challenges states are facing with rising healthcare costs and patient barriers. Governor Markell identified payment reform as one of the primary issue areas in healthcare and elaborated on some potential solutions Delaware is leading, including diverting chronic care patients to less expensive healthcare centers before going to the emergency room, supporting and realizing patient-centered
medical homes, and acting on a single-vendor EMR system. However, the Governor did recognize that it is extremely challenging to convince individuals to invest significantly in their own quality of life and health, and that shifting this behavior toward active prevention requires dedicated outreach work via education and information.