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MEDTalk: Pediatric Asthma and Transforming Care for the Most Vulnerable

Past Event

Many clinicians have terrific ideas for improving the quality and cost of health care, but often don’t know how to navigate the frequently baffling landscape of payment and delivery reform options. To address this need in clear, practical terms, we are pleased to announce the third MEDTalk event in the “Merkin Series on Innovations in Care Delivery.” The series is designed to support clinicians and policymakers who’ve always wondered how delivery reform occurs, but didn’t know where to begin.

Our third case drew on the experiences of the Community Asthma Initiative, an enhanced pediatric asthma intervention, and their efforts in sustainability. The event featured seven brief “TED-style” talks that consider the challenges of delivering pediatric care, while tackling non-medical factors that drive suboptimal care, improving patient and family quality of life, and reducing costs. The agenda included firsthand experiences from patients, payers, policymakers, and clinical leadership from Massachusetts and Arkansas. Sustainable improvement strategies and the financial mechanisms available to encourage innovations in asthma were explored.


A Day in the Life: The Patient Experience


James Flood

Parent of a child with asthma and Board of Directors - Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America

The Community Asthma Initiative: A Case Study in Clinical Innovation

Paying for Asthma Care: Options for Tackling Challenges

Darshak Sanghavi

Former Brookings Expert

Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Translation - Optum Labs

State Medicaid Innovation: Opportunities and Barriers


Katharine London

Principal, Center for Health Law and Economics - University of Massachusetts Medical School, Commonwealth Medicine division

Challenge Accepted: Delivery of Asthma Care in a Triple Aim World


David Keller

Professor of Pediatrics - University of Colorado School of Medicine

A Tale of Success: How to Get the Payer On Board


Joseph W. Thompson

Surgeon General of Arkansas and Director, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement - State of Arkansas

Lessons Learned and the Path Forward

Discussion, Question and Answer


Cary Sennett

President and CEO - Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America


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