What It Takes to Create Collaborative Disruption: Highlights from the NRHI National Affordability Summit

On October 4, the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) and the HealthDoers Network brought together 150+ stakeholders from across the country to build on the momentum from last year’s National Affordability Summit and work to find actionable solutions to the U.S. healthcare affordability crisis. Some key themes that emerged from the summit discussion include:

  • Change is possible – Stuart Altman, PhD, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, opened the day with a keynote speech on how Massachusetts is controlling health spending. He discussed the elephant in the room: the U.S. spends $3.2 trillion on healthcare annually and far outpaces other countries in per capita spending. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom; Dr. Altman shared chart-after-chart of how Massachusetts is working tirelessly to address this cost crisis by establishing a statewide benchmark for spending, creating new agencies to address quality of care, and focusing on total health spending. He applauded teams in the room for their regional and state-level work to address healthcare costs and urged them to get in touch if they felt they could collaborate on further solutijons. Learn more about Dr. Altman’s presentation by checking out the HealthDoers Event Bundle.
  • We all created the problem; it will take ALL of us to solve it – Mylia Christensen, COO of HealthInsight, announced a movement we can all get behind achieving: Affordable Care Together. Ms. Christensen explained that improving health, reducing price, and eliminating waste countrywide are what we MUST focus on to make healthcare affordable for all people. To exemplify how these focus areas make a difference, she shared numerous innovative ways regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) are addressing health, price, and waste in their communities. Learn about the practical solutions RHICs are employing to make healthcare higher quality and more affordable by viewing the presentation. Additionally, you can explore what’s going on in regions across the country by viewing the interactive map.
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration is key – An expert panel of healthcare professionals took the stage after Ms. Christensen to discuss collaboration and disruption by implementing multi-stakeholder strategies. Marilyn Bartlett, Special Projects Coordinator for the State of Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Joshua Rosenthal, PhD, Co-Founder, CSO of Rowdmap, and Jill Zorn, Senior Policy Officer of Universal Healthcare Foundation of Connecticut, shared how they are addressing affordability on both a local and national level with the programs they’ve developed. Ms. Bartlett enthusiastically shared her story of how she’s worked to save the state of Montana billions of dollars in healthcare spending; Mr. Rosenthal gave some spirited remarks about employer collaboration, ridding conversations of healthcare “buzz words”, and the importance of bringing everyone to the table to take action; and Ms. Zorn exemplified how stakeholders in the state of Connecticut worked together in passing legislation to increase pharmacy price transparency. If you’re interested in learning more about their work, please check back in the coming weeks for a full video recap of this panel discussion – coming soon!

NRHI will be sharing content (videos, papers, etc.) from the summit over the coming weeks on the HealthDoers Open Community and invites you to share your ideas for action by joining our community of over 5,000 healthdoers working toward the goals of better health, better care, and lower costs.

In the meantime, keep this important conversation going by following HealthDoers on Twitter and getting involved with your local regional health improvement collaborative to see how you can be part of the solution.

Questions? Please email NRHI’s Communications team.



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