Denis Cortese, president and chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic, called for a new system for delivering high-quality, safe and affordable healthcare in the U.S., one that would be shouldered by providers and patients alike and which would be less reliant on Medicare.
Dont think that the healthcare system is broken, because it will make you think that you can fix it, Cortese told an audience at the National Press Club in Washington on Friday. We have to create something better than we had beforeand in a whole new light.
Part of that vision includes a patient-first approach to coordinated care, he said, where providers are rewarded for delivering the best possible care at the highest possible value.
But Cortese, who in 2007 was named the fifth Most-Powerful Physician Executive by Modern Healthcare, also singled out Medicareand Congress oversight of the programas being one of the biggest impediments to change. He called current Medicare pay-for-performance initiatives misguided, saying instead that the federal government should focus on outcomes and results rather than compliance with process measures.
Paying for process is not going to guarantee that youre getting outcomes, Cortese said.
Cortese also said that the program needs to be insulated from political oversight. In other words, Congress has to get out of the business, he said. -- by Matthew DoBias
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