SCOTTSDALE – Healthcare executives are increasingly skeptical that government can do anything to solve their industry’s pervasive cost and access issues, and this is fueling calls for them to do anything. are going it alone, according to those who spoke at a modern healthcare event on Tuesday.

“My belief is to ask the government to fix something as complex as it will not work,” said Dan Liljenquist, director of strategy for Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. “We (the audience of C-suite executives of health) know about health care. How do we organize ourselves for a different future? “

Executives from major hospital and healthcare business groups spoke out on the future of healthcare policy at the Modern Healthcare Leadership Symposium on Tuesday. But members of the public shared their own thoughts, which mostly revolved around moving forward without Congress and the Biden administration.

Liljenquist, a former Utah senator, told the group that his experience in the public service taught him that trying to solve health problems with a wide range of policies didn’t work. That’s why he led efforts to bring together 55 healthcare systems to form Civica Rx, a supplier-owned pharmaceutical company that aims to stabilize the pharmaceutical supply chain of hospitals by manufacturing generic drugs for its members. He asked the panel if they really thought Congress could do something “substantial” to change the direction in which health care is headed.

Panelist This Connolly had a quick response: “My response would be that the government should step down,” she said.

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Connolly is CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, a professional group for nonprofit health plans. She said the pandemic has contributed to what has become a “very busy” environment in Washington, DC in which policymakers – both in Congress and in the Biden administration – are skeptical of further interventions.

“The atmosphere in Washington has become more and more toxic,” she said. “Partisan doesn’t begin to describe it.”

When ACHP representatives describe their efforts in communities, policymakers accuse ACHP of sorting the data, Connolly said. To healthcare providers in the room, she stressed the need to communicate their stories using data. To counter the current environment of frustration and skepticism, providers should respond by doing more to emphasize their value to communities.

Dr Stephen Klasko, CEO of Jefferson Health, a nonprofit based in Philadelphia, Pa., Said that for the past 10 years, every conference panel has had the same conversation. These are fairness, prevention and payer-provider alignment. Sounds good, but Klasko said it didn’t resolve the fact that U.S. healthcare is a broken and unsustainable system.

An obstetrician, Klasko noted that the United States spends four times as much per obstetrics patient as any other country, but her results fall somewhere between Serbia and Croatia.

“We talk so much about government, but government is allowing more people to access this broken, fragmented and inequitable system,” he said, noting that Jefferson Health is spending millions of dollars to fight health insurers and the Federal Trade Commission, which recently chose not to appeal a judge’s dismissal of its lawsuit to block Jefferson’s merger with Albert Einstein Healthcare Network.

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