Addressing rising health care costs is an increasingly urgent problem, even as emerging medical innovations hold new promise to improve health. Physicians, nurses, and other clinicians have unique abilities to lead the way in addressing these fundamental challenges. Yet policy attention to higher value clinical care that would substantially improve quality and lower costs has been overshadowed by fixing Medicare’s “sustainable growth rate” for physician payment. Overcoming these challenges will require leadership by clinicians, both in implementing meaningful improvements in how care is delivered, and in identifying ways to reform policies to help achieve these improvements.
On November 16, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings held a discussion to highlight how clinicians can both drive innovation in health care payment, and transform the delivery of care. The meeting will also launch a new initiative at the Engelberg Center to support clinician leadership in achieving health policy reform and health care delivery reform.
After each panel, speakers will took audience questions.