From the Disputing Blog of Karl Bayer, Victoria VanBuren, and Holly Hayes.
According to an American Hospital Association (AHA) News report, Don Berwick, M.D., Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, testified on February 10, 2011, at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the impact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will have on Medicare.
Dr. Berwick, said:
“building an improved Medicare program and health care delivery system must be a collaborative effort” with states, health care providers and others. “CMS cannot do this alone, and neither can government as a whole,” he said. In response to concerns by Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) about the law’s potential regulatory burden, Berwick said, “My attitude is that this is a partnership with providers and states. I’m not interested in making their jobs harder.”
Last March, Disputing posted a New York Times interview with Dr. Howard Brody, Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, which discussed a proposal for health care reform involving physicians.
Physicians, Dr. Brody says, are not “innocent bystanders” to increasing health care costs but have made little effort to limit future medical costs. In an editorial published in The New England Journal of Medicine, he writes “If physicians seized the moral high ground, we just might astonish enough other people to change the entire reform debate for the better.”
Drs. Berwick and Brody recognize a collaborative partnership is needed if we are to improve our health care delivery system. What are your thoughts on this issue?
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