Dr. David Au Talks About Integrated Approaches to Systems of Care
David Au, MD, Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, says that hospital systems represent only one aspect of care delivery for patients who have been hospitalized. Systems of care can focus on the hospital experience, discharge processes, outpatient transitions, and more to improve readmission rates. Dr Au also addresses the role of the policy maker in hospital readmissions. He says that the policy maker should drive behavior that encourages healthy behavior in the home environment and an integrated approach to healthcare.
This video was taken on May 19, 2013, at the ATS 2013 International Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
Panelists discussed the price of pharmaceuticals and controlling the cost of care at the 64th Annual Roy A. Bowers Pharmaceutical Conference: A Measured Approach—Health Care Delivery and Transformation in a Metric Driven World, held by Rutgers University.
From the youngest patients to the oldest, the Affordable Care Act’s promise that care will be provided despite pre-existing conditions is bumping against the challenge of keeping costs in check. From around the country come reports of pushback, which evoke the 1990s stories of managed care’s debut: limited choice.
The era of accountable care and pay for performance is here, and physicians will have to embrace these novel reimbursement models. In a plenary session, Rubin Cohen, MD, FCCP, a member of the American College of Chest Physician’s quality improvement committee, discussed the relationship between quality improvement and outcomes.
A symposium on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), which was presented on behalf of InterMune, Inc, highlighted clinical data supporting the use of pirfenidone in patients with IPF. Leading the panel discussion was Steven Nathan, MD, FCCP, a principal investigator involved in studies of pirfenidone. Dr Nathan was joined by IPF experts Lisa Lancaster, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Marilyn Glassberg, MD, of the University of Miami Health System.