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    The latest turn in the healthcare debate is the increasingly sensational coverage of town halls happening across the country. While they’re described as rancorous and sometimes violent , I’m pleased to see my fellow Americans so passionate and involved in one of our country’s biggest long-term challenges...
  • Blog Post: Health Care Reform is About Improving System Performance

    I was asked to contribute to the sequel to the award-winning book, Paper Kills . The New Edition (released just last week) is called Paper Kills 2.0, How Health IT Can Help Save Your Life And Your Money . In the Book, Newt Gingrich, Tom Daschle, and other national industry leaders explore the leading...
  • Blog Post: And the debate rages on…about access…

    I think we’d all agree that the healthcare debate continues to intensify. Many say it has entered a new stage as conversations move to proposals -- with Senate Democrats recommending a bill that will amplify the debate even more -- to decide if the US will adopt universal coverage. Access seems to...
  • Blog Post: Navigating through the noise to find the signal

    I don't know about you -- but trying to keep track of and make sense of the company announcements, the many awareness events designed by politicians and the folks hoping to influence the policy makers, the work being done by folks at HHS and the Hill to create new rules and policies and the press and...
  • Blog Post: Empowering Consumers

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: In the Baucus bill, insurers would pay a tax on the value above $8,000 for an individual policy and $21,000 for a family plan. What do you think of Sen. Baucus' proposal to impose a 35 percent tax on "Cadillac" health insurance plans...
  • Blog Post: New delivery models will solve the cost crisis

    This week's question for the Washington Post Health Care Rx blog was: Has Congress done enough to constrain long-term, health care spending growth? What cost containment strategies would you advocate pursuing? My response, New delivery models will solve the cost crisis , below: I was again reminded...
  • Blog Post: Three Simple Truths

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: Recent polls show declining support for President Obama's handling of the health-care issue. What should he do to get the effort back on track? My response is below. Today's debate is mired in details about the wrong topics...
  • Blog Post: Before you finalize your Health IT shopping list

    The mad dash for health reform continues in earnest as stakeholders from all parts of the health ecosystem work to inform, engage and encourage the incoming Administration.   The need for reform is obvious and the dialog is positive -- I continue to worry that 'soundbite solutions' will get...
  • Blog Post: Personal Accountability

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: The Senate Finance Committee passed a bill containing its version of the health-care overhaul. Are you satisfied with this bill? What does it miss? My response is below. There's a long road ahead for health-care reform -- five bills...
  • Blog Post: Change Agents at Work; Catalysts to Improve Our Health System

    There are days that I love my job (not every day yet), and last week I had one of those special days. I participated in the Forum for Sustainable Health , an event hosted by Arizona State University’s Biodesign Insitute with a bunch of incredibly smart people -- all change agents in their respective...
  • Blog Post: Aligning policy, technology, and business innovation – perspectives from the Connected Health Conference…

    We’re just wrapping up our annual Connected Health Conference. I wanted to share some insights and observations from the past three days. We had 925 attendees representing 409 organizations -- attendance more than doubled from last year, which is pretty amazing given that conference attendance is down...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on the healthcare system while waiting at the hospital for a loved one

    Often when we talk about healthcare reform, it can be a rather abstract discussion -- you watch some tv show with ‘experts’ reflecting on some 20 page bill or hashing through the merits of a public insurance option. Last week, however, all the intellectual and abstract ideas were brought into something...
  • Blog Post: In the Health Reform Recipe, the Missing Ingredient Is the Consumer

    So this week’s question from the Washington Post RX Blog was: What's Your Take On Obama's Speech? What did you think of President Barack Obama's Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress? Was it effective? Did it "move the needle?" My response is below. I applaud the administration for...
  • Blog Post: The Six Billion Pound Challenge -- How a Focus on Driving Outcomes can Improve Health Faster and Better than Legislation

    I commend the administration for shining the light on the need to improve health in America! While I want to be optimistic about change, I’m skeptical about how much real improvement we will really see under the guise of healthcare reform. Like I’ve noted before, the national conversation we are having...
  • Blog Post: Tear Down the Walls and Liberate the Data

    (cross-posted on Microsoft on the Issues ) In 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave one of his most well remembered speeches . Few of us could forget his words to Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”—proving to be prophetic when the German Democratic Republic announced the re-opening of the...
  • Blog Post: Going Beyond Insurance Reform

    This week's question for the Washington Post Health Care Rx blog was: Last week, President Obama admonished insurance company executives for excessive rate increases. He is taking aim at them again in his speech in Philadelphia right now. How much of our problem rests with insurance companies and...
  • Blog Post: Message to Washington -- It's all about Outcomes

    Yesterday, I testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee , otherwise known as HELP. You can see a video of my testimony here . Before getting to the substance, I need to highlight how I continue to be awe-inspired about how our government works -- in a positive way. Any...
  • Blog Post: Health Reform -- Fixing the Core Problem or Just Symptoms?

    The health reform debate has passed another milestone , but the question I keep getting asked by friends and family is whether the proposed legislation will actually improve our health delivery system. I want to be optimistic, but I’m skeptical that the kind of comprehensive change we need to truly reform...
  • Blog Post: The right solution for the ‘population’ may be the wrong solution for the ‘individual’

    This week's question for the Washington Post Health Care Rx blog was: What does the debate over mammography screening teach us about the challenges in moving to evidence-based medicine in a revamped health system? The debate truly highlights how much work is yet to be done to build a health...
  • Blog Post: Health Affairs event and special issue on Health IT

    Today I spoke at a very well attended Health Affairs event in Washington DC -- originally designed (months ago in a different time warp in HIT light years) to discuss lessons learned by folks leveraging HIT in effective ways, along with the usual challenges, issues and opportunities. Naturally the discussion...