The University of Iowa College of Public Health and The Concord Coalition recently partnered to convene a national health policy conference to create a vision and national dialogue about creating a healthy population and have published a white paper report of the conference discussions and recommendations. The conference included discussions focused on economic incentives and new models to promote health, minimize costs, and improve quality at all levels: federal, state, and institutional or system-based.
Conference participants explored various strategies and tactics that would support development of a population health system while distinguished keynote speakers, including Dr. Alice Rivlin, director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Health Policy, and Dr. Jim Weinstein, chief executive officer and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, provided critical national perspectives. Thought leaders representing Iowa health systems and payers joined with colleagues from state and national organizations to delve into critical reform issues that are being addressed in health systems and communities across the country.
According to the report, health care in the United States is in the midst of one of the most significant transformations in 50 years. Changes taking place in the U.S. health care system – many initiated or encouraged under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – are restructuring reimbursement models, driving innovation in health information technology, and expanding coverage to large numbers of previously uninsured populations. These changes – and many others – are intended to transform America’s current “sick care” system into a true “health care” system that supports population health.
To view the full report, go to http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/pophealth/whitepaper/index.html