SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A day after House Republicans voted to send the American Health Care Act to the Senate, Forbes opinion editor Avik Roy put it in context: the “behemoth” that is the US health system has grown up over a half-century and combines the worst features of delivery systems from across the globe—high prices, inefficiency, and lack of coverage.
“We have all the cost inefficiencies of a highly public system without any of the actual coverage gains that you would expect from a truly government system,” said Roy, speaking in Scottsdale, Ariz., at The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC®)’s spring meeting of the ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition,® May 4-5, 2017.
Roy’s address and appearance on a panel about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offered a high point in an information-packed conference, which also featured:
- Keynote speaker Darius Lakdawalla, PhD, of the University of Southern California, who discussed the challenge of measuring what matters to patients as the health system moves to value-based payment structures.
- The AJMC® 2020 Panel Discussion series, which featured insights from health system leaders bringing legal services to Medicaid patients in post-Katrina New Orleans and another tackling how to get the most out of each patient visit, particularly among seniors, as well as the founder of a health information technology organization devoted to care transformation through precision medicine.
- Insights from ACO Coalition Chair Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH, the CEO of Renown Health, and moderator Clifford Goodman, PhD, of The Lewin Group. “The key takeaway from this meeting is that we are making a lot of progress,” Goodman said. “We are making a lot of progress in understanding what value means and how we might bridge better understanding of value into decision making.”
The next ACO Coalition meeting is set for October 26-27, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. For information, visit the Coalition website here.
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