Expert Perspectives on an Uncertain Health Policy Future
As speculation heats up over how the new Trump administration and Congress will address healthcare in 2017, your time would be well spent viewing this Yahoo Finance video interview with George Barrett, chairman and CEO of Cardinal Health and incoming chair of the Healthcare Leadership Council. In the video, he addresses the uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), believing there would be dramatic modifications under any administration but doubting we will see a full repeal of the ACA. Mr. Barrett correctly notes that many aspects of the health law counterbalance one another, making it a challenge to determine how to make changes without creating unwanted and harmful disruptions.
There are other interesting aspects to this interview. Mr. Barrett addresses a number of topics including the healthcare system’s difficulty in delivering care in an equitable manner, the social determinants of health and the intertwining of social issues with healthcare delivery, the systemic issue of healthcare access, and steps Cardinal Health is taking to improve health outcomes and curb hospital readmission rates.