Toby Cosgrove, MD, Provides Insight Into Reducing Care Delivery Costs

Toby Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO, the Cleveland Clinic, says that because smoking is such a major contributor to our nation's healthcare woes, the Clinic has encouraged college campuses to go smoke-free. This, he believes, will help reduce the large percentage of smokers who adopt the habit while in school.

Toby Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO, the Cleveland Clinic, says that because smoking is such a major contributor to our nation’s healthcare woes, the Clinic has encouraged college campuses to go smoke-free. This, he believes, will help reduce the large percentage of smokers who adopt the habit while in school.

Dr Cosgrove also discusses new payment models, citing physician and hospital reimbursement as a major concern. Because many providers will be paid less, they will have to reduce the costs of delivering care. Two possible ways: (1) keeping the patient population healthier, and (2) making the healthcare delivery system more efficient.