Monday, January 6, 2014

Meet the Press with Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic

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Dr. John Noseworthy, President and CEO at Mayo Clinic, appeared on Meet the Press with David Gregory alongside with Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic, this past Sunday to discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act and the future of health care in America.

issues covered by Dr. Noseworthy included:
  1. The need to modernize the health care delivery system to drive quality at lower cost.
  2. Dealing with the sustainability of Medicare in the long term.
  3. Using available technology such as telemedicine to improve patient care and deliver knowledge.
  4. Funding research through the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Noseworthy emphasized the Mayo Clinic has remained outside the political arena. 
Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic represent the best of IDNs (Integrated Delivery Systems). Most healthcare in the U.S. is delivered by much smaller organizations. MC and CC easily are converted to a formal Accountable Care Organization and are being promoted as ideal models for quality of care, and reduced costs.  Not all organizations have these  full potentials.  The expense and investment for smaller institutions may not have a return on investment nor demonstrate cost savings.

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