Moderating Payment Reform: Mark Your Calendars For April 12

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Don’t miss this: a conference on payment reform at the Logan Airport Hilton with an ex-gubernatorial candidate and an ex-hospital CEO. It promises to be a rip-roarin’ time!

I’m not kidding. The discussion will be moderated by my fabulous blogging partner, Carey Goldberg, who has an innate gift for transforming wonky content to delicious fun. So it should be a blast. (And there’s free parking.)

Here are details from The Massachusetts Health Data Consortium:

The Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s Spring Workshop is less than a month away. This year, the theme is Payment Reform: Achieving the Three-Part Aim?.

The movement toward reforming the payment system is accelerating rapidly, and Massachusetts is a national leader in changing from a fee-for-service to a value-based payment model. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has challenged the healthcare system to achieve the three-part aim: better care for individuals, better health for populations, and reduced expenditures for CMS program beneficiaries. This conference will address why payment reform is needed, and explore how to change the payment system while improving quality, reducing costs, and ensuring adequate access to care.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Galvin of Blackstone Consulting, will discuss why we should transform the payment system. Following the keynote address, Charlie Baker of General Catalyst Partners and Paul Levy, formerly of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, will discuss if changing the payment system is what is needed. Their conversation will be moderated by Carey Goldberg of WBUR’s CommonHealth. In addition, we will have panel discussions on why cost control is critical and how to maintain quality and access in a new payment system.

You can view the agenda here. The event is on April 12, from 8:30-3:30 at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport.

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  • Nancy Fradkin

    As a consumer of health care services and care manager for my disabled adult son, I am disconcerted that no patient advocates are included.  We were recently TOLD that my son is part of a “pioneer ACO” consisting of Medicare beneficiaries.  Top down approach, once again, as if patients have nothing to contribute; have no health care intelligence.  After 26 years of case managing for my son, as a non professional, I have a few ideas.  Furthermore, I am alarmed by the assumption (expressed by Dr. Meyer with the MGH demo ACO on “UP with Chris Hayes” — MSNBC, 03-31-2012) that the sickest 20% of patients are the first place to look for cost savings because they are the most expensive.  We have suffered through such targeting via Massachusetts Medicaid and, frankly, have nothing more to give in services and equipment reductions.  And having another case manager won’t help us either.