Administrative Update  |   September 2014
Health Care Will Follow Our Lead
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  • James D. Grant, M.D.
    ASA Treasurer
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Education / CPD / Gastrointestinal and Hepatic Systems / Infectious Disease / Practice Management / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Administrative Update
Administrative Update   |   September 2014
Health Care Will Follow Our Lead
ASA Monitor 09 2014, Vol.78, 6-7.
ASA Monitor 09 2014, Vol.78, 6-7.
Our world is becoming increasingly complex, but coming changes in health care give us the opportunity to mold our future. The challenges we face are increased bureaucratic hurdles, more regulation, pressure to reduce costs and increased demands by sophisticated patients. The future is as bright as we make it – we should be building our future and not be afraid of it. Physicians, and anesthesiologists in particular, need to be at the core of creating the agenda, not reacting to it.
We have three options:
The world is surely changing before our eyes. Look at what has become part of our daily vocabulary: “patient value,” “patient experience,” “population management,” “shared risk,” “bundled payments.” Physicians have a great opportunity to mold a better health care system for patients. Maureen Bisognano, president and CEO of the Institute for Health Care Improvement, said it very well: “It’s a wonderful sign that physicians are expanding from clinical care to learning what it takes to be a good leader. When you can marry the clinical background and the leadership skills, you have an opportunity to lead in a very different and distinct way. When you get someone who knows what quality looks like and pair it with a curiosity about new ways to think about leading, you produce leaders who are providing dramatic innovations in the field.”
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