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Rationing vs. Reengineering: the 21st Century Challenge for American Health Care
The Oliver C. Schroeder, Jr. Scholar-in-Residence lecture presented by the Law-Medicine Center
OCT 10, 2013
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit

The Case Western Reserve University School of Law will host David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, President and CEO of the Commonwealth Fund, a national health care philanthropy based in New York City. Dr. Blumenthal will discuss emerging trends in health care spending growth and synthesize an array of recent cost control frameworks. As private managers and public policy-makers look for strategies to contain health care costs, they will face two fundamental options. The first is tantamount over the long run to rationing services: reducing insurance benefits, increasing cost-sharing by users of care, restricting eligibility for programs, and cutting payments to providers. A second strategy takes the very different direction of trying to reengineer health services to make them more efficient.

This presentation and discussion will be of vital interest to any attorney who practices in the field of health care. Dr. Blumenthal will present a thoughtful analysis of recent bipartisan cost control proposals that will provide attorneys with the most up to date information available as well as expert analysis on what lies ahead for our nation’s health care system.
Speaker Information
David Blumenthal David Blumenthal, MD, MPP
The Commonwealth Fund

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP became President and CEO of the Commonwealth Fund, a national health care philanthropy based in New York City, in January, 2013. Previously, he served as Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Health System in Boston, MA, and was Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Blumenthal was the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under President Barack Obama. In this role he was charged with building an interoperable, private and secure nationwide health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. Prior to that, Dr. Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician, director of the Institute for Health Policy, and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School.

As a renowned health services researcher and national authority on health IT adoption, Dr. Blumenthal has authored over 250 scholarly publications, including the seminal studies on the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States.

Dr. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical, and public policy degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Free and open to the public
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