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Better Care - Lower Costs: Exploring the Promise of Patient Engagement

Friday, March 05, 2010

Engaging consumers more directly in their care may improve health outcomes and help control the costs of care. This program will focus on the potential for changing consumer behavior to promote the use of effective interventions and discourage unnecessary care.

How promising are consumer engagement techniques such as patient self-management, shared decision-making and value-based insurance design? What changes in the health care system are likely to empower consumers versus creating new barriers to care? What is the role of initiatives such as chronic care coordination, electronic medical records, medical homes, comparative effectiveness research, public reporting and evidence-based guidelines?

To address these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the AARP Public Policy Institute sponsored a March 5 luncheon briefing. Panelists were: Chad Boult of Johns Hopkins University; Judy Hibbard, professor at the University of Oregon; Michael Sokol, corporate medical director at Merck; and Don Kemper, CEO of Healthwise. John Rother of AARP and Ed Howard of the Alliance co-moderated.


 Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
 John Rother, AARP Public Policy Institute, Moderator
 Chad Boult, Johns Hopkins University, Speaker
 Judith Hibbard, University of Oregon, Speaker
 Michael Sokol, Merck & Co., Inc., Speaker
 Don Kemper, Healthwise, Speaker
(Click on the camera icon to see a video of the speaker's presentation.)

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Transcript (Word Document), 3/5/2010
Full Webcast/Podcast: Better Care - Lower Costs: Exploring the Promise of Patient Engagement

The full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Juy Hibbard Presentation (PowerPoint), 3/5/2010
Chad Boult Presentation (PowerPoint), 3/5/2010
Don Kemper Presentation (PowerPoint), 3/5/2010
Mike Sokol Presentation (PowerPoint), 3/5/2010

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Agenda (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Alliance for Health Reform, 3/4/2010
Source List (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 3/4/2010
Speaker Biographies (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 3/4/2010

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Chronic Care: A Call to Action for Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF),AARP, 2/26/2009
- Recommendations on improving care for the chronically ill.
Guided Care: Better Care for Older People With Chronic Conditions (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2/5/2010
- Description of a medical home model of care delivery for those with multiple chronic conditions.
Effects of Increased Patient Cost Sharing on Socioeconomic Disparities in Health Care, Journal of General Internal Medicine, 4/29/2008
Evidence That Value-Based Insurance Can Be Effective, Health Affairs, 1/21/2010
- Examines how one value-based insurance design program led to reduced use of nondrug health care services.
Outlook for Consumer/Patient Engagement in Health Careó30 Years into the Experiment, Employee Benefit Research Institute, 3/1/2009
- Views from two experts on prospects for consumer-directed health plans.
Early Experiences With Consumer Engagement Initiatives To Improve Chronic Care, Health Affairs, 1/1/2009
The Ironic Business Case For Chronic Care In The Acute Care Setting, Health Affairs, 1/1/2009
Chronic Conditions Account For Rise In Medicare Spending From 1987 To 2006, Health Affairs, 2/18/2010
Tough Love, Lower Health Costs, Wall Street Journal, 10/22/2009
Carrot or Stick, Should Patient Decision Aids Be Rewarded or Required?, Healthwise, 10/1/2009
Is Patient Activation Associated With Future Health Outcomes and Healthcare Utilization Among Patients With Diabetes, Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 10/1/2009
Impact of Medication Adherence on Hospitalization Risk and Healthcare Cost, Medical Care, 6/1/2005


Greater patient engagement is the key to getting more value out of each health care dollar, says John Rother of AARP, co-moderator of the March 5 briefing on this topic cosponsored by the AARP Public Policy Institute. (3 min.)

Judith Hibbard of the Univ. of Oregon discusses the difference it makes when consumers are activated to improve their health and health care. From the March 5 briefing cosponsored by the AARP Public Policy Institute. (11 min.)

Chad Boult of the Johns Hopkins University discusses how RNs working closely with physicians can effectively coordinate the care of patients with chronic conditions. From the March 5 briefing cosponsored by the AARP Public Policy Institute. (13 min.)

Don Kemper (right), president and CEO of Healthwise, discussed how to help patients become more involved in their care at the March 5 briefing cosponsored by the AARP Public Policy Institute. (12 min.)

Michael Sokol of Merck & Co. presents evidence that lower prescription drug out-of-pocket copayments are associated with better adherence to drug regimens. From the March 5 briefing cosponsored by the AARP Public Policy Institute.


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