After SPIN! Video -“What happens when healthcare systems form partnerships?”

| September 27, 2017

After SPIN! “Question to John and Chris – We talked on NC SPIN about the proposed new partnership arrangement between Carolinas HealthCare System and UNC Health Care. We understand federal regulators are increasingly uneasy with the idea, saying it will inhibit competition and could perhaps violate anti-trust regulations. What’s your current viewpoint of this partnership?”

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  1. Tom Hauck says:

    We constantly read of the high cost of healthcare insurance and that healthcare costs are about 18% of the national economy but all the current discussions are about how to split up or rearrange who is to pay the current costs rather than reduce the costs — like rearranging the deck chairs on the (sinking) Titanic.

    Kindly review the following items which show how to save about $750 billion (with a b) each year and enjoy better health outcomes — saving up to 75,000 lives per year.

    The first is an article in the Dec. 3, 2011 NY Times by Robert Pear. It is called “Health Official Takes Parting Shot at ‘Waste’”.
    I have given you all the details in case you do not or cannot open links.
    The NY Times does a good job, in this instance, of reporting Dr. Donald Berwick’s 2011 resignation from CMS (Medicare and Medicaid) and of his complaints that 20% to 30% of all medical expenditures are wasted as they yield no benefit to patients. Dr. Berwick lists five reasons for the “extremely high level of waste” – overtreatment of patients, failure to coordinate care, administrative complexity of the health care system, burdensome rules and fraud. He says some of the waste is due to onerous, archaic regulations enforced by CMS.

    The second item is the result of a study by the IOM or Institute of Medicine (currently called Academy of Medicine or AOM) reported September 6, 2012 which shows ten ways to improve health care in the US and to reduce the cost (reduce waste) of health care by 20 to 30% or, in 2009, saving $750 billion that year. Improving healthcare might also save 75,000 lives each year. You can Google “the national academies of medicine September 6, 2012 report + transformation of health system needed to improve care and reduce costs”.
    Here are three links to or about the study — the first is an article in The Atlantic magazine and it easily highlights how the money is wasted.

    The best and easiest/quickest way to understand the report is to read the Summary and here is the link to the Summary.

    This is the link to the entire 400 page report which you can read online for free.

    Here is a link to an article (one of many) about how the Mayo Clinic is working to reduce costs by 30%.