Welcomes & Intros at the Care Innovations Summit

Don Casey, Chief Executive Officer of West Wireless Health Institute, Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs and Marilyn Tavenner, Acting Administrator and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services welcomed an audience of more than 2,000 live and live-stream attendees.

Rapid fire calls to action emphasized the urgency of health care disruption given out of hand costs.

Don Casey stressed a need to achieve both improved outcomes and value, and called upon Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to take advantage of the digital revolution to “jailbreak” healthcare. Thirty-five percent of all health care is already paid for by CMS so the identification of key, valuable innovations can and should be rapidly scaled.

Susan Dentzer called on all Americans to work hand in hand to create a “health care system that is built to last.” Health care might have been the “elephant in the room” during this week’s “State of the Union” and in the following Republican response, but Dentzer emphasized that health care is rooted in the “American spirit” and not “blue or red, but comes in purple”.

Marilyn Tavenner rattled off an impressive list of accomplishments by in 2010 and 2011 including closing the donut hole and creation of high risk pools. Looking forward to 2012 and beyond, emphasis is on shifting to delivery system innovation and public-private partnerships to better coordinate care and improve quality.