I'm sitting at the HFMA Annual National Institute. I'm in the general session, listening to Dr Donald Berwick on the conundrums that we face in healthcare.
As the former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and a physician - he aims to motivate us to improve.
We have, inadvertently, confused the public about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
No one understands it. No one 'gets' it. In a market that has gone down in EVERY area over the last few years---- healthcare costs have risen 59%. It is unsustainable.
So- according to Dr Berwick, what is The Affordable Care Act?
1) Make access to healthcare a human right in the US. We are a wealthy country that has left 50 million of our neighbors behind with no insurance coverage.
2) Let's move towards a system that makes care better- lets make it more quality focused. If you arrive at a center for care, the doctor should know you, should know your past care and know how to treat you.
As we do this, let's reward great quality and lower payments for less than great quality.
Simply explained.... simple to understand.
Press on Dr Berwick running for office: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/06/17/donald-berwick-former-obama-administration-official-launches-run-for-mass-governor/7XsDLOHoZaCwQnY9sJ1pfK/story.html