HEALTH CARE WILL NOT REFORM ITSELF: A USER’S GUIDE TO REFOCUSING By George NEW

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HEALTH CARE WILL NOT REFORM ITSELF: A USER’S GUIDE TO REFOCUSING By George NEW

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Health care reform is within our reach. According to George Halvorson, CEO of the nation’s largest private health care plan, only by improving the intent, quality, and reach of services will we achieve a health system that is economically feasible into the future. This year, Americans will spend 2.5 trillion for health services that are poorly coordinated, inconsistent, and most typically focused on the belated care of chronic conditions. What we have to show for that expenditure is a nation that continues to become more obese, less healthy, and more depressed. In Health Care Will Not Reform Itself, Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson proves beyond a doubt that the tragically inconsistent care that currently defines the state of U.S. health services is irresponsible, irrational, but more importantly, fixable. With detail that might shock you, he shows why the nonsystem we now use is failing. Then, applying the same sensible leadership that makes Kaiser the most progressive health care organization in the world, he answers President Obama’s mandate for reform with a profound incentive-based, system-supported, goal-focused, care-improvement plan. Halvorson draws from respected studies, including his own, and the examples of successful systems across the world to show that while good health care is expensive, it is nowhere near as costly as bad health care. To immediately curb care costs and bring us in line with President Obama’s projected parameters, he recommends that we: Take a preventive approach to the chronic conditions that account for the lion’s share of medical costs Coordinate patient care through a full commitment to information technology Increase the pool of contributors by mandating universal insurance Rearrange priorities by making health maintenance profitable Convene a national committee to “figure out the right thing” and “make it easy to do” While this book offers sage advice to policy makers, it is also written to educate the 260 million stakeholders and invite their participation in the debate that is now shaping. What makes this plan so easy to understand and so compelling is that it never strays from a profound truth: that the best health system is one that actually focuses on good health for everyone. All royalties from the sale of this book go to Oakland Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved In Health Care Will Not Reform Itself, Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson proves beyond a doubt that good health care is far less costly than the tragically inconsistent and sometimes dangerous care that currently defines the state of U.S. health services. With detail that might shock you, he shows why the nonsystem we now use is failing. Then, applying the same sensible leadership that makes Kaiser one of the most progressive health care organizations in the world, he reinforces President Obama’s mandate for reform with a profound incentive-based, system-supported, goal-focused, care improvement plan. What makes this plan so easy to understand and so compelling is that is never strays from a profound truth: that the best health system is one that actually focuses on good health and better care for everyone. Written by one of the leading authorities in the industry, this book provides a basic primer on the American health care system. Using simple-to-understand language supplemented by insightful anecdotes and examples, the author cuts through the thicket of health care reform rhetoric to offer a step-by-step blueprint for achieving real improvements in health care delivery, as well as putting curbs on growing health care costs. He explains how health insurance works in the U.S. compared with the rest of the world and outlines the barriers to American reform. He also discusses why health care costs are going up so rapidly and sets realistic goals for care improvement.Multi/Card Deck Copy

Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 143981614X
ISBN-13 9781439816141

Key Details
Author George C. Halvorson
Number Of Pages 184 pages
Format Hardcover
Publication Date 2009-05-27
Language English
Publisher Productivity Press
Publication Year 2009

Additional Details
Copyright Date 2009
Illustrated Yes

Dimensions
Weight 14.4 Oz
Height 0.7 In.
Width 6 In.
Length 9 In.

Target Audience
Group College Audience

Classification Method
LCCN 2009-013219
LC Classification Number RA395.A3H34495 2009
Dewey Decimal 362.1/04250973
Dewey Edition 22

Table Of Content
Health Care Won”t Reform Itself Many Treat — Few Prevent Studies Prove the Inconsistency of Care Care Linkage Deficiencies Abound No Money, No Tools, No Accountability for Linkages Paper Records Are Entirely and Almost Criminally Inadequate Providers Don”t Create the Economic Reality Is Care Too Complex to Coordinate Anyway? In Other Industries, Lower Prices Increase Sales Screw-Ups Can Be Profitable Screw-Ups Aren”t Deliberate We Need the Courage to Reform Care We Need Universal Coverage Tools Need a Use or They Are Useless Strategic Modifications Are Needed Why Are Health Care Costs Going Up? Normal Inflation Is the Bottom Line, First Level, and Basic Cost Driver for Health Care Cost Inflation Worker Shortages Add to Cost Increases for Care New Technology, New Treatments, and New Drugs Increase Costs Few Standards of Value Exist Other Countries Use Screening Programs for “New” Care Untested, Purely Experimental, Unproven Care The Dilemma — For Some Patients, There Is No Other Hope Caregivers Sometimes Own the Businesses Only in America Does “It Might Work” Work Let”s Require Disclosure of Effectiveness Research Massive Care Coordination Deficiencies Add Expenses Multiple Caregivers Don”t Link Well Perverse Financial Incentives Also Increase Costs Problematic Insurance Benefit Design Changes in Fee Payment Approaches Face Resistance We Are Getting Older and More Expensive Inflation, Technology, Inefficiency, Perverse Incentives, and Getting Old Are an Expensive Package As a Pure, Self-Serving System — Health Care Is Winning Consumers Pay the Price for More Expensive Care Care Costs Create Premium Costs “Pass through” to the Customer The Answer Is “Right Care” Set Goals and Improve Care Data Isn”t Shared Random Tools Create Random Results Begin with Goals We Don”t Need a Thousand Goals Work Backward from the Goal to the Strategy Asthma Care Needs Computerized Data We Need Computerized Asthma Care Data Universal Coverage for Children Can Improve Asthma Care Being Insured Creates a Database Care Won”t Get Better without Goals Goals for Key Diseases The Tool Kits Look a Lot Alike EMRs Need Support Tools Patient-Focused EMRs Are Key Benefit Packages Channel Cash We Don”t Need to Change the Entire Payment System Data Is the Secret Sauce Health Care Can Do This Kind of Work Three Provider Payment Changes Are Needed We Need Goals Connectors Are Magic Older Patients Often Have Major Connection Problems Medical Home and Packages of Care A New Generation of Connectors Connectors Come in Various Versions Virtual Integration Can Mimic Vertical Integration EMR Plus Care Support Tools Denver Improved Outcomes The Death Rate Dropped Triple Co-Morbidities in Hawaii Preventing ER Visits Is a Very Good Thing to Do Care Registry Worked for “Safety Net” Patients Hospital Admissions Were Reduced by 70 Percent We Need to Connect Everyone Who Needs to Be Connected Buyers Need to Change the Cash Flow Buyers Should Specify the Context for Care The Point of Connectors Is to Connect Claims Data Can Be Used The Perfect System All, All, and Then All Information Security Is Essential CQI Is Needed — And CQI Needs Data American Health Care Needs a Culture of Continuous Learning Most of Health Care Is Splintered One-Third Reduction in Broken Bones Make the Right Thing Easy to Do The Patient Should Be the Focus of Care Data Ten Criteria for Ultimate System Design Six Million E-Visits All New Systems Should Be Connectable The Perfect System Is Possible Personal Health Records Can Fill Part of the Gap Hub and Spoke Connectivity Can Be Computer Supported Virtual Care in Remote Sites Next Step — Connectivity We Need Universal Coverage, Care System Reform, and Care System Competition Intermittent Coverage Disrupts Care Care Improvement Needs Coverage Continuity Data Should Be Longitudinal What Kinds of Health Plans Should Compete? No One Is Accountable if No One Is Accountable “Insurance Exchanges” Should Offer Care Team Options Risk Sharing Works Qu

Reviews
“Clear, concise, and compelling, George Halvorson’s latest contribution clarifies why we must change, how we must change, what we must change, and when we must change. The answer is now. Drawing on the learnings from Kaiser Permanente’s transformation to a fully digitally enabled, integrated system of care, George Halvorson shows all of healthcare how to focus on the right goals and improve our performance in reaching those goals. Let’s get on with it!” – Ian Morrison Futurist; Author of The Second Curve: Managing the Velocity of Changeand Healthcare in the New Millennium “When running for office, President Obama pledged to expand health insurance coverage while reducing the cost of care by $2500 per year for the average family. Skeptics scoffed that industry insiders would block this goal in defense of their interests. Now George Halvorson, CEO of the nation’s largest health care delivery system, says reducing costs while expanding coverage not only should be done, but can be done, and tells us how. His book highlights the important role and many forms of connectivity in health care: electronic medical records for patients and physicians, registries and care coordination programs for chronic illness, mandates and exchanges for health insurance, the alignment of culture and incentives among the many contributors to the wellbeing of patients.” -Dr. James Robinson, PhD, MPH Professor of Health Economics, UC Berkeley “George Halvorson offers a timely and compelling prescription to addressing the chronic ills of our health care system. One doesn’t have to agree with every proposal to appreciate the extraordinary contribution he has made here. Students of health reform would do well to consider this book as an invaluable text for our national public policy debate.” -Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader “George Halvorson’s timing couldn’t be better and his message couldn’t be more valuable. He documents in clear, vivid prose why the health care system won’t reform itself which all employers and payers need to understand so they don’t miss this pivotal moment to dramatically reform health care. He offers information, evidence and practical solutions for aggressively attacking the “crushing burden of health care costs,” as President Obama described our national challenge. Halvorson also provided ways we can sharply improve quality and safety, as well as save substantial dollars. He reminds us again, through many excellent examples, how essential it is to have electronic health records for effective, appropriate care at a reasonable cost. This book provides a great checklist for healthcare reform for the public and the private sector. I strongly recommend it.” -Helen Darling President , National Business Group on Health “Halvorson’s simple, direct writing style is remarkable for its clarity. He takes complex problems and makes them understandable. Halvorson’s experience as leader of one of the world’s largest and most successful implementations of health information technology makes his insights into that subject particularly valuable.” -Dr. Alain C. Enthoven, PhDMarriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, Stanford University When running for office, President Obama pledged to expand health insurance coverage while reducing the cost of care by $2500 per year for the average family. Skeptics scoffed that industry insiders would block this goal in defense of their interests. Now George Halvorson, CEO of the natione(tm)s largest health care delivery system, says reducing costs while expanding coverage not only should be done, but can be done, and tells us how. His book highlights the important role and many forms of connectivity in health care: electronic medical records for patients and physicians, registries and care coordination programs for chronic illness, mandates and exchanges for health insurance, the alignment of culture and incentives among the many contributors to the wellbeing of patients. e” Dr. James Robinson, PhD, MPH Professor of Health Economics, UC Berkeley Clear, concise, and compelling, George Halvorsone(tm)s latest contribution clarifies why we must change, how we must change, what we must change, and when we must change. The answer is now. Drawing on the learnings from Kaiser Permanentee(tm)s transformation to a fully digitally enabled, integrated system of care, George Halvorson shows all of healthcare how to focus on the right goals and improve our performance in reaching those goals. e” Ian Morrison Futurist; Author of The Second Curve: Managing the Velocity of Change and Healthcare in the New Millennium George Halvorson offers a timely and compelling prescription to addressing the chronic ills of our health care system. One doesne(tm)t have to agree with every proposal to appreciate the extraordinary contribution he has made here. Students of health reform would do well to consider this book as an invaluable text for our national public policy debate. e”Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Halvorsone(tm)s timing couldne(tm)t be better and his message couldne(tm)t be more valuable. He documents in clear, vivid prose why the health care system wone(tm)t reform itself which all employers and payers need to understand so they done(tm)t miss this pivotal moment to dramatically reform health care. He offers information, evidence and practical solutions for aggressively attacking the “crushing burden of health care costs,” as President Obama described our national challenge. Halvorson also provided ways we can sharply improve quality and safety, as well as save substantial dollars. He reminds us again, through many excellent examples, how essential it is to have electronic health records for effective, appropriate care at a reasonable cost. This book provides a great checklist for healthcare reform for the public and the private sector. I strongly recommend it. e” Helen Darling President, National Business Group on Health Halvorsone(tm)s simple, direct writing style is remarkable for its clarity. He takes complex problems and makes them understandable. Halvorsone(tm)s experience as leader of one of the worlde(tm)s largest and most successful implementations of health information technology makes his insights into that subject particularly valuable. e” Dr. Alain C. Enthoven, PhD Marriner S. Eccles Professor of Public and Private Management, Stanford University

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