Saturday, April 27, 2013

Who Killed Health Care? Regina Herzlinger speaks at ACPE 2013

Today, I am in NYC attending the 2013 American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) conference. The afternoon keynote was delivered by Regina Herzlinger, author of "Who Killed Health Care?: America's $2 Trillion Medical Problem - and the Consumer-Driven Cure."

Here is a description of her book:

One of the nation's most respected health care analysts, Regina Herzlinger exposes the motives and methods of those who have crippled America's health care system-figures in the insurance, hospital, employment, governmental, and academic sectors. She proves how our current system, which is organized around payers and providers rather than the needs of its users, is dangerously eroding patient welfare and is pushing costs out of the reach of millions.

Who Killed Health Care? then outlines Herzlinger's bold new plan for a consumer-driven system that will deliver affordable, high-quality care to everyone. By putting insurance money in the hands of patients, removing the middleman in the doctor-patient relationship, and giving employers cost relief, consumers and physicians will be empowered to make the system work the way it should. Herzlinger describes in precise detail how her innovative program will provide
  • Smaller, disease-focused medical facilities that provide complete care for patients
  • A national system of medical records that provides privacy with confidential access by approved practitioners
  • Mandatory performance evaluations of all hospitals and all other medical organizations
  • Mandatory health insurance with subsidies for those who cannot afford it

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