Why Health Reform is Possible despite the lousy politics – as seen from the Mayo Health System by Dr. Rob Nesse
This is from the Council of Accountable Physician Practices:
Our “What the Experts Say” column this month features the first of a three-part series of commentaries by Dr. Robert Nesse, CEO of the Mayo Clinic Health System, that encourage physicians and other care providers to embrace delivery system change.
In the opening paragraph of his first column, “A ‘Wicked Problem’: Healthcare System Reform and Change,” Dr. Nesse writes: “In light of the Supreme Court review of the Affordable Care Act and the political brouhaha that surrounds it, I know that many providers of health care have mixed feelings about the future of our industry. Let me share with you my cautious optimism as we work to design and then implement the new system of health care in America.”
“I believe that the healthcare industry is spending too much time trying to defend our past successes and preserving old systems,” he continues. “It is time to move on. We need to change. We need to understand the issues and accept the truth, discover and design our response, and move on. And as we move on, we must address these three questions: What can we do to solve the problems of health care in America? What are fundamental attributes that medical groups must have to succeed in the future? Why should we do it now?”
In this series, Dr. Nesse provides his perspective on each of those questions. In the first, Dr. Nesse explains why he believes that health care reform is a “wicked problem,” what he means by that characterization, and what he believes providers should do to help solve that “wicked problem.”
Find out why health care reform is a “wicked problem” by clicking here.