The Ohio campaign, led by Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN Ohio), a statewide organization working throughout Ohio for high quality, accessible, affordable and publicly accountable health care for all Ohioans, is bringing a strong consumer voice to state initiatives aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of Ohio’s health care system. The campaign is especially focused on offering a consumer perspective to the state Health Care Coverage and Quality Council’s task forces on informed and activated patients; medical homes; and payment reform.
Gloria M. Smith of Cincinnati: This cancer survivor questions “how closely doctors were paying attention” when she asked about symptoms, test results and diagnoses.
Even on good days, Gloria Smith’s voice is a hoarse, raspy whisper and on bad days, it can fail her altogether. But Gloria, 66, keeps talking anyway because there is much she wants to say about the health care encounters that left her in this situation.
Gloria feels blessed to be alive — “with four beautiful children, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren” — because she was not yet 30 when she first faced a potentially-deadly disease.
On August 10, 2011, Dr. Don Berwick — Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the head of the agency responsible for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program — joined the Campaign for Better Care in Cincinnati to talk with patients, consumer advocates and health care providers about the Partnership for Patients, an initiative to promote safer care by reducing hospital acquired infections and avoidable hospital readmissions.
Below are materials distributed at the Ohio event:
Active Adult Day Care - Cincinnati
AFSCME Council 8
Alliance for Retired Americans — Ohio
American Cancer Society - Ohio Chapter
Asian Community Alliance
Benjamin Rose Institute
Cerebral Palsy Association of Ohio
Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati
Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Inc
Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio
National Alliance on Mental Illness — Ohio
National Multiple Sclerosis Society — Ohio Chapter
Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Ohio Council of Churches
Southwest Ohio Caregivers Coalition
United Food and Commercial Workers
We Believe Ohio