May 19, 2009

Health Reform: What Can YOU Do?

President Obama said X about health reform. Secretary Sebelius makes Y announcement about health reform. Senators Baucus and Grassley consider Z, A, B, and C in regards to cost-saving and health reform. Finally, physicians, employers, nurses, insurance payors, and many other stakeholders are sitting at the same table to discuss health reform. But, what can you do?

Join this free webinar hosted by The Commonwealth Fund and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement this Friday May 22nd, at 11AM to discuss how physicians and others can help create a health care system that offers high-quality, affordable care for all Americans while containing costs. Click here to register. Panelists will include:

The panelists will address quality improvement, integrated delivery, and payment reform as well as cost-saving measures that can help finance the coverage of the uninsured. Don't miss out and hope to see you on the webinar!

4 comments:

Eva said...

Read the New England Journal of Medicine article by Elliot Fisher, Don Berwick, and Karen Davis, called “Achieving Health Care Reform – How Physicians Can Help.” You can find the link to the article on www.ihi.org.

The webinar TOMORROW is based on this article.

Eva said...

What did you think of the NEJM Perspectives article by Elliot Fisher, Don Berwick and Karen Davis? Ken Terry, former senior editor of Medical Economics Magazine, writes a commentary that you can read here. He calls Fisher, Berwick, and Davis idealistic and claims that the ideas just wouldn't work in our current health care situation. What do you think?

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In what has to be the one of the most incredulous statements ever uttered by a doctor, lead investigator Dr. Thomas Vanhecke (William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI) offered, "It is a paradox. New research is showing us that patients are dying younger with more cardiovascular disease, and yet there are no cath lab guidelines for how to treat those who are morbidly or massively obese."

Is the good doctor worried about people getting fat and having heart attacks at an alarming rate at progressively earlier ages? No, he dithers over the fact there are no guidelines on how to treat morbidly obese patients. Hell, wouldn't want to smush any of that shiny new cath lab equipment or have the guy topple over on you! Where was the good doctor when these folks were shoving their faces full of cream pie? Here's a paradox for you doc, if not utter irony. Can you imagine being so overweight that when the inevitable angina or heart attack comes the hospital might turn you away because they fear you will break the cath lab table?! Beauty Solutions