A Roadmap to Medicare Sustainability
by Denis A. Cortese, MD, Natalie Landman, PhD and Robert K. Smoldt, MBA
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program at Arizona State University (ASU) and the nonprofit Healthcare Transformation Institute (HTI) today released "A Roadmap to Medicare Sustainability," a publication that outlines four key recommendations for reforming Medicare into a sustainable program.
"We're offering bold, fundamental, nonpartisan changes that will preserve Medicare for both current and future beneficiaries. Continuing to do nothing or tinker around the edges is not an option," says Denis Cortese, M.D., director of the Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program at Arizona State University, President of HTI, and Emeritus President-CEO of Mayo Clinic.
While Medicare has certainly improved the lives of its beneficiaries — most of whom are seniors — it is burdened by rapidly escalating costs, overwhelming complexity, and innovation-stifling regulations. The recommendations in "A Roadmap to Medicare Sustainability" tackle these issues in a way that is fair to seniors currently on the program, people nearing retirement, and younger people who will be paying into the program for decades to come. For additional information, please see:
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Arizona Horizon: Sustainable Health Care
Dr. Denis Cortese, MD, director of ASU’s Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program, talks about his recent report: "A Roadmap to High Value Healthcare Delivery” and what it suggests should be done to make the nation’s healthcare system more economically sustainable.
With a vision for a sustainable U.S. healthcare delivery system that produces high value healthcare for all citizens, the ASU Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program has two primary areas of concentration of its efforts:
Describe, promote and facilitate the realization of high value healthcare.
Describe the policy implications and options to facilitate the self organization of a high value healthcare system.
The program is led by Denis A. Cortese, MD who joined ASU after serving as CEO of Mayo Clinic and head of the Mayo Health Policy Center, with former Mayo Chief Administrative Officer Robert K. Smoldt, MBA. Cortese and Smoldt have long partnered in advancing a vision for the highest value healthcare system in the world, and have developed this program at ASU to focus their efforts on the issue.
By convening a network of individuals, institutions and organizations, the program will explore the emergence of options, policy implications and solutions in the national healthcare delivery agenda. The program will contribute ideas, promote concepts and influence those making policy decisions to implement policy and practices that will lead to high value U.S. healthcare.
Affiliated organizations: Healthcare Transformation Institute