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Health Matters Webinar Series

Previous Webinars

November 08, 2012

What happens to health and health reform after Barack Obama's re-election? Reporting on Health brought together an expert panel to offer insights, story ideas and predictions on the road ahead for healthcare in America. We see the fate of President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement as one of the most important post-election stories and want to provide you with resources for great local and national storytelling.

July 11, 2012

This webinar gave listeners a chance to hear about and discuss the new models for care that Dr. Jeffrey Brenner and others are inventing. Dr. Brenner has developed a system that's tackling two of health care's most intrinsic problems: cost and quality of care. Celebrated in a New Yorker article by Dr. Atul Gawande and in an accompanying FRONTLINE documentary, this pioneering practitioner is trying to reinvent the nation’s fragmented and inefficient way of caring for the sick. Doctors and hospitals currently profit from the revolving door of visits made by the sickest. Dr. Brenner aims to shake up the hospital-based culture of medicine.

The buzz words for such approaches – “accountable care organizations,” “medical homes” and “hot spotters” — are familiar only to those deeply versed in health care. But the stakes for success or failure with such approaches should be understood by everyone. The question confronting policy makers and clinicians now is whether the Affordable Care Act, recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, goes far enough to promote these radical changes in health care delivery. 

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