HC4HR: Health CEOs In The Spotlight

As our nation debates health care, we ask ourselves the big questions. How can we get sustainable, affordable, quality coverage for every American? What is possible in health reform, and how can we turn the possible into the actionable? Here at the New America Foundation, we are proud to affiliate ourselves with health care leaders who have answers. The Health CEOs for Health Reform, a diverse coalition of health industry leaders, provide outstanding examples of cooperation, innovation, and high quality health care delivery at low costs.

Here on our Health Policy Program blog, the New Health Dialogue, we've created a video series highlighting presentations of the CEOs and their accomplishments. Each video features a personal interview with or presentation from one of the CEOs or their representatives. Each explains how they have pressed ahead with reforms and improvements in the real world. In case you missed it, here's the round up:

HC4HCR: Checking In With Ascension, Denver Health

This week, Kaiser Health News shined the spotlight on two high-performing health systems. KHN talked to Ascension Health President and CEO Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, and Denver Health CEO Patricia A. Gabow, MD, about the current health care reform debate, and what reform will mean for their health systems.We've highlighted both these health systems on this blog (here, here, here). Read more about them on the Health CEOs for Health Reform site.

Ascension Health is the nation's largest Catholic and largest nonprofit health care system, with over 60 hospitals in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Ascension Health serves patients through a network of services, including acute care services, long-term care, community health services, psychiatric, rehabilitation and residential care.

HC4HR: A New Model for Accountable Care

Recently we had the chance to sit down and talk with Donna Katen-Bahensky, the president and CEO of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and a member of Health CEOs for Health Reform.

In the video below, Katen-Bahensky describes her organization's efforts to change the dynamics of modern medicine through the principles of accountable care organizations (ACO).

HC4HR: Sharing the Savings From Health Reform

We've been running a series of posts on the Health CEOs for Health Reform, highlighting innovative models of integrated care, health IT, comparative effectiveness, and clinical excellence.

Today, we examine a collaboration being developed between payers, providers, and health plans in California to share in the savings of higher quality, lower cost care. Tomorrow, we'll wrap-up the series by looking at how these real-world experiences can be translated into practical policies for health reform.

In the video below, Wade Rose of Catholic Healthcare West and Mike Johnson of Blue Shield of California describe a pilot project being developed with the Hill Physicians Group and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERs).


HC4HR: Saving Lives Through Clinical Excellence

Today we'll share more of the innovative work being done by the Health CEOs for Health Reform by taking a look at Ascension Health’s Clinical Excellence initiative.

In 2003, Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit health care system, introduced a system-wide “Call To Action” to provide excellent clinical care. Committing to a transformational goal to provide “Healthcare that works, healthcare that is safe, and healthcare that leaves no one behind,” Ascension set out to eliminate all preventable injuries or deaths within five years -- by July 2008.

As Ascension Health President and CEO Anthony Tersigni describes in the video below, the results were nothing short of remarkable, far surpassing initial expectations.

HC4HR: Merck Promotes Quality and Value for Patients With Diabetes

When she spoke to us at the Health CEOs for Health Reform event recently, Merck's Senior Director of Public Policy, Jane Horvath, presented her response to two very important questions. Why does Merck, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies, believe that delivery system reforms are possible? And what has Merck done that demonstrates that change is possible?

To learn about Merck's pilot plan to promote value and quality in health care, check out the video below, or keep reading.


HC4HR: How a Safety Net Hospital Unleashed the Power of Health IT

The story we are about to tell you is probably not what automatically comes to mind when you hear "safety-net hospital."

On Monday, we continued our series of posts on the Health CEOs for Health Reform by looking at how more integrated models of care can deliver higher quality at lower costs.

Today, we'll see how Denver Health -- an urban safety net institution for Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region -- has established a highly integrated system that consistently delivers high-value care to vulnerable population. Health IT and electronic medical records are key to their success, as Patricia Gabow, MD, Denver Health's CEO explains in the video below:

HC4HR: Lowering Cost While Improving Patient Care

Today, we continue our series of posts on the Health CEOs for Health Reform -- a New America Foundation coalition of industry CEOs and physicians committed to improving our health system.

Gary S. Kaplan, MD is the Chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. With Dr. Kaplan's leadership and the implementation of the Virginia Mason Production System, Virginia Mason has become one of the top-rated hospitals in the United States. To see Virginia Mason in action, check out the video below:

Virginia Mason Production System

HC4HR: Better Care at Lower Costs with Medical Homes

There's a scene in the 1996 movie Independence Day where Harvey Fierstein (right), trapped in traffic trying to escape the shadow of an ominous alien ship, calls his doctor's office. Informed that Dr. Katz is not available, Fierstein screams "For $300 an hour, you can put me through to his house in the Hamptons!"

Had Fierstein been a patient with access to Group Health Cooperative's medical homes, his doctor could have called him, reminded him to take his blood pressure medication and scheduled a date for a follow-up visit.

On Wednesday, we began a series of blog posts that will highlight the innovative work being done by members of Health CEOs for Health Reform -- a New America Foundation coalition of industry CEOs and physicians committed to improving our health system.

Today, we'll examine the innovations in primary care made by the Group Health Cooperative -- a consumer-governed, integrated health care system covering over 600,000 individuals and delivering care in one of the largest integrated group practices in the Pacific Northwest. In the video below, Group Health president and CEO, Scott Armstrong, MBA, explains why his organization decided to adopt a medical home model for primary care, how they restructured their system, and the impressive results that followed.

HC4HR: What We Know and What We Need to Do in Health Care

Recently, Health CEOs for Health Reform -- a New America Foundation coalition of industry CEOs and physicians committed to improving our health system -- held a briefing on Capitol Hill (video here, summary here) to release its recommendations for transforming health care in the U.S.

In the video above, Nicholas Wolter, MD, the CEO of the Billings Clinic provides an insightful overview of the bold changes proposed in the white paper, Realigning U.S. Health Care Incentives to Better Serve Patients and Taxpayers -- from ending fee-for-service medicine to matching payment models with best practices.

In the coming days, we'll be posting more highlights from the event and examining in detail some of the innovative work that's already going on. Real world examples from payers, providers, and pharmaceutical companies illustrate that reform isn't just possible, it's happening. The results are real and their potential impact is huge for health care as whole. In particular, we'll elaborate on the following: