On March 31, Bloomberg Government hosted a healthcare forum at the Newseum focused on “The Iron Triangle of Healthcare” which examined the interrelationship between cost, access and quality in the U.S. healthcare system.
The event featured national political and business leaders including key note speeches by Congressman Charles Boustany, Chairmen of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
The forum also included a panel discussion moderated by Bloomberg Government’s Managing Editor Mike Riley. The panel included Dan Danner, President of the National Federation of Independent Business, Karen Ignagni, President of America’s Health Insurance Plans, Margaret O’Kane, President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and Steve Ubl, President of AdvaMed.
Much of the discussion focused on ways to address escalating costs within the healthcare system – for public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid as well as for private insurers and businesses. While there was general agreement that costs need to be contained and that quality can help control costs, there wasn’t agreement on how to accomplish these aims.
In her one-on-one interview with Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, Secretary Sebelius unveiled the long-awaited and much anticipated rules for Accountable Care Organizations.
For more information on the event, visit www.bgov.com.