Modern Healthcare reporters reached out by phone and e-mail to leaders from across the industry to find out what they hoped to hear from President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Here's what they said:
Dr. James Weinstein, president and CEO of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system
“The president now needs to call on the people. Until they are engaged, we won't have the disruptive change that we need and innovation to drive that change to achieve what we call a high-value sustainable health system. To do that, the president should call on groups like the High Value Collaborative that's run out of Dartmouth-Hitchcock.
It's time to move away from policymaking into practice-making and implement the strategies for real change that will create a sustainable health system, not a healthcare system, for America. The question is: Will he say anything? You would hope that he would, given that that was the major issue he started his presidency with. I would hope that he would come back and say: We had some historic legislation, there's work to be done to implement that legislation and it will require all Americans' attention, innovation and spirit to change it.