As we get closer to the Presidential election, the rhetoric from both sides is heating up. Last week, there was a lot of discussion on how the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney and his VP running mate Paul Ryan would reshape Medicare. Paul Ryan released his plan and it set off bipartisan discussions, which gave everyone an opportunity to see the direction it would take the country in contrast with the current plan that President Obama has laid out.
As consumers of healthcare and key professionals who work across the continuum of care, understanding both plans and being able to educate your family, friends and patients is important. To assist you, I have listed a few sites that I find trustworthy and allow me to gain insights to both sides of the debate that I don’t get from the traditional news media.
The second site I found that helped me gain some insight into the broad scope of the healthcare dilemma was a discussion from On Point (a radio show from National Public Radio). The host interviewed both Don Berwick and Gail Wilensky, who were both former CMS Administrators. Dr. Berwick, the most recent, served under the Obama administration and Ms. Wilensky served under George W. Bush. The two discussed the state of healthcare, the challenges and what each felt needed to be done. Click here
to access the discussion.
My takeaway from the conversation was that the delivery system has to change in order to address the growth in spending, improvements needed in quality across the continuum and the urgency to get the consumer engaged in their care. As professionals at the point of care, you all know that there are a variety of changes to the delivery system underway and moving full steam ahead. How successful will they be in improving quality, engaging patients and containing healthcare will take time, as well as a coordinated effort from all members of the team.
As I have mentioned, here at Dorland, we are working hard to develop programs that keep you updated and informed. Each of the programs will help you understand your role and the competencies you to need to be successful during these disruptive times. Here are some examples of our upcoming programs.
As you find sites that you trust that will help you make an informed decision for the presidential election as well as Congressional and Senate races, please feel free to share with me and I will post on the Dorland Case Management Forum
and other social media sites for others to access.
Have a good week!