Transcript of President Obama’s Town Hall Meeting on Health Care
Now what’s been done here in Grand Junction, in other outstanding health programs like Mayo, is they started to change the delivery system so that you’re actually getting more bang for your health care dollar…Now, it’s not going to happen overnight, because a lot of these systems have been put in place for a long time. And if you’re in Grand Junction or Mayo Clinic or Geisinger or other of these really good health care systems, what they’ve done is each year they are continually comparing notes, they’ve got a peer review process where doctors are exchanging ideas, and they’re continually making the system better and better, smarter and smarter, and over time what we can do is bend the cost curve so that instead of having inflation go up a lot faster on health care than everything else, it matches everything else.
Wall Street Journal, 8/15/09
No Death Panels at Cleveland Clinic
You don't need to kill old people to hold down health care costs. Reform the health delivery system and reduce the burden of disease…Ignore the town hall clamor. Don't rush out to buy health care shares like United HealthGroup or Aetna. Instead, listen to Delos M. Cosgrove, the CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit health center that should become the model for the change our health care system requires…Clearly, the nation needs to learn more about how medical care is provided at blue ribbon institutions like Cleveland and Mayo as models for keeping control of health care costs in delivering services to an aging population. Note well that Cleveland and Mayo are nonprofit health centers used by enlightened patients requiring the highest quality of care.
Forbes by Robert Lenzner 8/14/09
ABMS and NQF Convene Summit on Enhancing Physician Performance: Stakeholders Agree Board Certification Should Play Bigger Role in Healthcare Quality Improvement
While the healthcare reform debate heated up on Capitol Hill, key stakeholders meeting across town agreed that efforts to improve healthcare quality must be stepped up significantly, and that board certification must play an enhanced role in leading the way. "Enhancing Physician Performance: Board Certification in a Quality-Driven World," a two-day summit and call to action convened by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the National Quality Forum (NQF), featured a variety of participants, from physician leaders and consumer advocates to insurance executives and government representatives.
"At Mayo, all physicians must be board certified and maintain that certification," said speaker Richard Berger, MD, PhD, dean, Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, professor of orthopedics at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Mayo physicians "are incorporating MOC into their daily activities so it's literally part of the culture. Physicians then make meaningful improvements and everyone wins - boards, physicians, systems and, most of all, patients."
Houston Chronicle, 8/17/2009