During his commencement speech at Harvard Medical School, Atul Gawande, MD, said medicine has developed treatments for nearly all of the tens of thousands of diagnoses and conditions that afflict human beings, statistics that make clear taking care of sick people has been health care’s business for more than a hundred years. But as a system of treating sick people has generated costs in the astonishing amount of $1.8 trillion, hundreds of thinkers are proposing solutions to really big problems, and one of the solutions can be stated in a word: behavior.
At the root of the health care crisis is accountability, both personal and societal. We must lead the charge in turning the existing delivery system into a new one focused on choices and accountability for those choices — between physician and patient, administration and medical staff, and health advocates and the community. The MHA Health Foundation Winter Leadership Conference examines the essentials of strategy, structure and systems in a new health care delivery model, but also moves beyond the measurements and focuses on meaning. What does it mean to live in a community where leaders work together to keep its population well? What progress comes out of partnerships that embrace communal spirit? Plan to attend the Winter Leadership Conference to study innovative health care delivery models and partnerships.
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