Highlights from the Building Better Care Forum
The Building Better Care Forum was an enlightening discussion among caregivers, patients, thought leaders, providers, and policy makers on how to best implement health reform and deliver high quality care to our most vulnerable patients, particularly older adults with multiple health problems.
Special guests included keynote speaker Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), award-winning author Gail Sheehy, who recently wrote "Passages in Caregiving," UCLA Geriatrics Division Chief David Reuben, journalist and activist Jonathan Rauch, and leaders from the Campaign for Better Care's three partner organizations: Debra Ness (National Partnership), Renee Markus Hodin (Community Catalyst), and Emily Spitzer (NHeLP). Other panelists included health care providers who are solving critical challenges and ordinary people with experience trying to navigate our health care system as patients and caregivers.
Event materials in addition to the highlights below, including slideshows, factsheets and speaker biographies, can be found here. To watch the full event recording, click here.
A Warm Welcome from Debra Ness, Campaign for Better Care
"We’re all here for one reason: to do all we can to ensure that health reform is implemented in ways that help those who depend on the system most, especially older adults with multiple health problems. This is the moment."
Keynote Address: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
"The president’s signature in March was not the end of health reform, but the beginning. The law gives us the tools now to reshape a broken health care system."
Panel I: What do Patients and Family Caregivers Need from the Health Care System?
"It must be patient/family-centered. That’s really the key."
Panel II: What Does Better Care Look Like from the Provider Perspective?
"I think the priority is about coordination of care. Having that coordination of care and having it paid for."
How Do We Get There from Here? Peter Lee, HHS
"We are all caregivers. We are all today, or will be, patients."