Opening Discussion Topic:
According to the Intelligencer, a recent poll shows 70% of voters (including 52% of “self-proclaimed” Republicans), would “support providing Medicare to every American.” While we’ll know better what really happened in the elections when we meet, chances are strong the rallying cry for a single payer system in the US will remain with us. But, what would a single payer system actually look like?
Following a quick discussion about the immediate implications of the national and California elections for our healthcare businesses, our Featured Presenter will be Walter Kopp, President and CEO of Medical Management Services, and an astute student of how healthcare is paid for and provided internationally.
For the past 10 years Walter’s participated with the internationally-focused Center for Healthcare Management, serving as a Special Advisor in their “Care-Tank Global Network of Experts.” During annual meetings, held throughout the world, he’s studied government-run healthcare systems in France, Italy, and Germany, concluding that the government doesnâ€™t need to own the delivery system, as it does in Great Britain, to achieve great results. He’ll share with us the various ways these different programs:
Go-Round Discussion of Member Issues: During this time, each Member is given an opportunity to share an “issue” with the Group in order to receive knowledgeable and confidential feedback on how best to tackle that issue. Issues often center around: management/planning concerns, how to best respond to new industry trends, fleshing out a new strategy, what were the best practices used (or hazards) from fellow Members who have dealt with a similar issue. In order to get the most value from each session, we encourage our Members to bring an issue for discussion to each meeting.
Featured ABL Member Presenter:
Walter’s healthcare executive management and advisory firm specializes in advising hospitals on how to set up groups and support physicians. Recently he helped Marin General with its affiliation with UCSF. While believing that care coordination and clinical integration can reduce costs, he’s increasingly concerned that high prices are the real problem and that price controls or single payer healthcare may be a solution.
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