Pennsylvania Physician Engaged in State Discussions on Transitioning to Value-Based Care

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Scott Shapiro, MD, president-elect of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), recently had a unique opportunity to interact with Gov. Wolf and members of the Administration during a three-day meeting held July 17-19 in Harrisburg. The purpose of this meeting was to address Pennsylvania’s Pathway to Better Health and Lower Costs and discuss the practicing physician perspective as it relates to health care transformation activities and Medicaid.

Throughout the weekend, Dr. Shapiro also had an opportunity to educate and inform attendees about PAMED’s health care transformation activities and our desire to help lead the efforts. Gov. Wolf was very engaged and involved in the discussions the entire weekend.

The meeting was convened to:

  • Identify challenges facing Pennsylvania’s health care system and government and private sector solutions for improving quality and reducing costs
  • Share stakeholders’ understanding about how the commonwealth has a leading role in health transformation and improvement and which initiatives it has been —or will be — moving forward
  • Identify ways to align state government and private sector initiatives to improve health and control costs (e.g., payment innovations to increase value) while simplifying processes for providers, payers, and patients

The meeting, held by the Wolf Administration, National Governors Association, and National Academy of Medicine, was led by a number of national and state thought leaders in health care transformation.

It appears that additional gatherings of health care transformation thought leaders will continue in Pennsylvania as a follow-up to the current meeting.