See, This Health Care Reform Thing is Difficult

What do you get when you place a physician, hospital CEO and representatives of the insurance industry and business community in one room? In this case, a most interesting roundtable discussion on health care reform for our BizVoice magazine.

A taste of some of the comments that didn’t make the final cut:

Dr. Edward Langston, based in Lafayette, is immediate past chair of the board of trustees of the American Medical Association. He says it is "sobering" to sit down with physicians who are paying $250,000 a year in liability insurance.

In regard to quality, he states, "We realize we need to take a hard look at how we do our measures. Where there’s been a great mistrust on the physician side is the lack of transparencies and how you determine your quality standards." He says the National Quality Forum can be the vetting organization for performance measures. "If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve the quality. What we’re trying to do is find the right way to measure it. But that’s just the first step. The next one is taking those measures and how can we adapt them to quality outcomes."

Regarding the Healthy Indiana Plan, Ice Miller public affairs specialist Anne Doran notes it is a "start, but by no means the end all be all." The public private partnership is crucial, but "if we had a lot more money, it would be a lot more successful."

Finally, Goshen Health System president and CEO James Dague doesn’t argue that the partnership is a nice element. "I agree it is a start; sometimes I wish the start would be more complete because we hear too many people touting it as if we’ve really done something. I almost wish we hadn’t done it because it’s not really effective."

And that is what’s not in the story. Read the full article.