With enrollment in Affordable Care Act insurance plans now at 8 million and another 3 million signing up for Medicaid or CHIP, a new group of patients will be facing hard conversations with physicians and others about what care they should be receiving. The pressure will be on to rein in unnecessary, redundant or ineffective care that's been estimated to gobble between 20 to 40 percent of U.S. health spending.
Our panel discussion will examine one widely touted effort targeting overtesting and overtreatment, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation's Choosing Wisely initiative. We'll also look at the role that Obamacare experiments such as accountable care organizations and patient-centered medical homes may play in slashing unneeded tests and treatments.
- Dr. Holly J. Humphrey is the dean for medical education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.
- Mark Newton is CEO of the Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood.
- Julie Deardorff is the Chicago Tribune's award-winning health, fitness and medicine reporter.
Other panelists to come.
- Kevin B. O'Reilly, senior editor, CAP TODAY, published the College of American Pathologists, and member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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