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Healthcare execs launching reform initiative


Posted: December 11, 2008 - 3:00 pm ET
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Six leading healthcare executives are launching an initiative with the New America Foundation aimed at working with lawmakers to identify health coverage solutions.

Heading up the initiative are: Lloyd Dean, president and chief executive officer of San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West; Gary Kaplan, chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle; Patricia Gabow, CEO of Denver Health; Bruce Bodaken, chairman and CEO of Blue Shield of California in San Francisco; Kenneth Frazier, president of global human health for Merck & Co.; and Nicholas Wolter, CEO of the Billings (Mont.) Clinic.

Called Health CEOs for Health Reform, the group’s mission will be to advocate for health reform as an urgent priority, and help lawmakers develop solutions that move to quality, affordable coverage for all while building a more sustainable system of care. The group plans to reach out to stakeholders, especially providers, to encourage them to join the cause.

“It’s time for hospitals and physicians to address the reality that healthcare costs too much and that our current ways of financing and delivering healthcare are outdated and not sustainable,” Dean said in a statement. -- by Rebecca Vesely

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