Wednesday, January 16, 2013

2013 Health Matters Conference

The second annual conference, “Health Matters: Activating Wellness in Every Generation,” was held Tuesday, January 15. In addition to President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, participants included Barbara Streisand, Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., Deepak Chopra, M.D., Humana Chairman of the Board Mike McCallister, PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem, Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General, and Dr. Donald Berwick, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

In his keynote address President Clinton noted that the U.S. spends more than 17% of its gross national product on health care, far more than other wealthy countries, and yet we don’t manage to care for 100% of our people. Some of these costs are the result of obesity, diabetes and largely preventable chronic diseases, he said.

The video below contains the opening remarks from President Clinton, some framing comments from Dr. Don Berwick, as well as a fascinating discussion between the former President and Dr. Nancy Snyderman from NBC News. This is followed by an outstanding panel discussion on transforming our healthcare system.

Video: Welcome and Opening Remarks by President Bill Clinton



Health Transformation Panel

Framing Speaker: Dr. Donald M. Berwick, Former President & CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Panel
Moderator: Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor, NBC News
Dr. Kelvin Baggett, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Dr. Donald M. Berwick, Former President & CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Michael McCallister, Chairman of the Board, Humana Inc.
Susan Siegel, Corporate Vice President GE; CEO, GE healthymagination
Dr. Peter Tippett, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Innovation, Verizon