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​​​​​​​​​May 3, 2017, 2:00 PM ET: The High Stakes of Health Care Policy

  • John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Professor of Practice, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
  • John B. Chessare, MD, MPH, President and CEO, GBMC Healthcare (Baltimore, Maryland)

A lot of the quality and safety improvements that have taken place in recent years in the US — think reducing hospital-acquired infections, creating safety cultures, implementing team-based primary care — have occurred regardless of what was or wasn't happening in Washington, DC. While political debates raged on, somehow the health care quality improvement movem​​ent continued to move ahead. However, with the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, government became more of a force for change, expanding access to care and insurance, and steering health care toward better value and performance. Although the ACA stands, the threat of some sort of retrenchment, whether through legislation or regulation, is gearing up again – which is why we hope you'll tune in to take stock of latest developments on the May 3 WIHI: The High Stakes of Health Care Policy.

To understand what continues to keep some health care leaders up at night, we're turning to GBMC Healthcare President and CEO, John Chessare. A member of the IHI Leadership Alliance and a strong proponent of population health and pursuing the Triple Aim, Dr. Chessare says many systems like his are changing for the better in ways most of the public knows nothing about. That story needs to be told, he says, including how federal incentives and initiatives brought about by the ACA have contributed. While these programs may be less endangered than other aspects of the law, perhaps sending a signal that "the work must go on," Dr. Chessare takes only partial comfort in this likelihood. He says the time has come for health care leaders to become more vocal about their commitment to transformation AND to health care as a right, starting with the ACA's expanded insurance coverage.   

That sounds like wise advice to health care expert John McDonough, our second panelist, because opposition on Capitol Hill to this core piece of the ACA, he says, remains alive indeed. In the aftermath of the House repeal bill being pulled, there's now something new percolating. John McDonough has a long and impressive history shaping, engaging with, and explaining health care policy. He's got his ear to the ground and will tell us everything he knows on the May 3 WIHI. Come share your concerns, your contingency plans, whatever may be bubbling at your organization right now. All points of view welcomed!