Do we operate under the assumption that help is not on the way?

Changing healthcare must be a highly complicated process or else it would have likely been changed by now. Right?

Maybe we should do ourselves a favor and consider that the current system is broken, and it may be time to plan ahead for something better. Do we plan on help coming for healthcare?Well there is hope.

Consider the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and their charge to “test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures, while preserving or enhancing the quality of care”. 

Consider the exciting Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative unfolding across the country.

Consider that innovation around healthcare continues to rise up out of practices who want to do more for their patients.

Healthcare leaders must begin to plan ahead for the system we want, not the system that we have.

Dr. Miller has his doctorate in clinical psychology and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy. His core task is to integrate mental health across all three of the department’s core mission areas: clinical, education, and research. Opinions expressed here are his own and not those of his employer.

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  • Spherical Phil

    Trains, in comparison to healthcare, are simple. They only go where the rails go, they require fuel and they must run on time or they crash. And yet with this relative simplicity of operating trains, and all the great minds, money and planning, look where trains are today in America.

    Perhaps instead of attempting to plan 30 years ahead in healthcare, could we perhaps create a system using 21st century science that is aware and sensitive to changes in society, to its needs as well as to the advances in healthcare as they happen?

    A true ‘system’ that is flexible, adaptable and responsive to the changes, one that can self-organize to provide what is needed, when needed, and where needed. A system that aids all citizens to enjoy ‘health’ while also having access to ‘care.’

    A system like that could be used today and should be useful 30 years from now.