Health Reform is as easy as "One plus One"
As the title states and as my picture above indicates, health reform
is as easy as one plus one. Well, that might be an overstatement, but
after presenting health reform and the impact it will have on academic
medical centers I have gotten it down to an art. I explain just the
facts and discuss how health reform will impact UK HealthCare, providers
and patients. I like to present the information in a way that people
understand it and feel informed rather than fearful of what the media
can sometimes portray. The pictures above were taken at the Kentucky
Black Caucus of local elected officials at their annual spring summit.
A few key points that I would like to highlight are listed below:
There are two types of reform: coverage expansions and delivery system reforms
There will be increased coverage projected to cover 32 million additional individuals (94% US; 83% currently are covered)
There will be a mandate that everyone obtain coverage OR pay a fine
Changes will occur in the health insurance market such as:
No maximum lifetime dollar limit
Not able to deny children with pre-existing conditions
Prohibit cancelling coverage if you get sick
Another event revolving around health reform is pictured below. This
was the Health Enterprises Network, "Where Now? Strategic Navigation of
Healthcare Reform." Now for those of you that know me and received the
nice glossy mailing for this event, you probably already know that the
coolest part about this event was the fact that my name was featured on
the front of the glossy! It was a great event featuring Tom Scully,
former administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
with myself and Bill Altman, Chief Strategy Officer for Kindred
Healthcare. We shared some lively debate around the role of Medicaid.
Moving forward we all agreed that the healthcare system must cooperate
with each of its moving parts (payers, hospitals, providers, etc.) in
order to be successful. Stay tuned for more on the Mark D.
Birdwhistell health reform discussion and information!
L to R: Mark D. Birdwhistell, UK HealthCare and Mark Hebert, University of Louisville
Morning presenters - Bill Altman, Kindred Healthcare; Tom
Scully, Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe; Mark D. Birdwhistell, UK
Moderator - Mark Hebert, University of Louisville