After two hours of hearing from more than 30 healthcare industry leaders, Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform, encouraged participants to stay with us as the federal government works to reform the nations ailing healthcare system.
In the end, the discussion did not identify any clear next steps for DeParles office. Rather, it highlighted problems that have plagued healthcare for yearsincluding high costs, chronic disease and coverageand centered on a few solutions that have been mentioned before, such as preventive care, health IT, comparative-effectiveness research, and integration of healthcare with the broader community.
We have a high-class problem now, DeParle said at the conclusion of the healthcare stakeholders discussion in Washington. She then acknowledged an earlier comment from participant Jennifer Bordenick, chief operating officer and interim CEO of the eHealth Initiative, who said The devil is in the details when she talked about reform and HIT implementation. The great news is that we are in the details, DeParle said. Congress is working, and youre all at the table, helping.
The roster of attendees included physicians, nurses, public health advocates, industry leaders, IT professionals and policy wonks, many of whom applauded the current administration for focusing on reform.