Recently Dr. Peter Hollmann, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership (EMHL) academic director and chief medical officer for University Medicine, joined other leading Rhode Island healthcare experts on a panel at the Providence Business News (PBN) Healthcare Summit to discuss the impact of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Without the law, Dr. Hollmann said, “You will see people dying who didn’t need to die. You will see people getting sick who didn’t need to get sick.”
While most of the Summit centered on the impact of rescinding the law’s funding mechanisms, Dr. Hollmann explained how Obamacare spearheaded changes in how we actually deliver care. Pre-ACA, healthcare was a largely one-to-one doctor-patient relationship limited to the confines of the doctor’s office. Post-ACA, healthcare is evolving into a team of medical providers – doctors, nurses… – caring for a population of patients, with an emphasis on primary care and preventing illness, and with payment tagged less to quantity of care and more to health outcomes.
According to Hollmann, repealing and replacing Obamacare in a manner that stalls progress toward a value-based healthcare system would be a step backward. Insurance companies and regulators can stimulate change, but changes at the actual point of delivery will ultimately bring down costs, improve care and drive increased access and more affordable healthcare.
Other PBN Healthcare Summit panelists included:
- Dr. Kathleen Hittner, RI Health Insurance Commissioner
- Zachary Sherman, Executive Director of HealthSource RI
- Jim Purcell, Health Care Consultant
- Monica Neronha, Legal Services & Government Affairs, BCBSRI
- Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO, PACE & CareLink of Rhode Island
- Dr. Steven Lampert, President, Lifespan Physician Group
- Peter Marino, President and CEO, Neighborhood Health Plan of RI
- James J. Raiola CFP & Associates, Broker/Financial Planner
- Todd Whitecross, VP/Networking Contracting, Commercial Products, Tufts Health Plan
- Al Charbonneau, Executive Director, RI Business Group on Health
You can read more about the PBN Summit here.