Robert Pearl, M.D., is one of the most influential physician leaders today, according to Modern Healthcare, and author of the bestselling book Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We're Usually Wrong. As the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, the largest medical group in the nation, and as president of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, he was responsible for the medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente members on both coasts. Pearl is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, a clinical professor of surgery at Stanford University, and on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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In his book, “Mistreated, Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care — And Why We’re Usually Wrong,” Pearl lays out his four ways though the morass of American medical practice: integrated, not fractured care; a flat-fee capitated payment system instead of pay-per-treatment; embracing mobile and video medical technology; and most of all, care that’s led by doctors themselves.
To drive down the cost of health care insurance, we must redesign care delivery.
“3 Ways Hospitals Overcharge You,” focused on a trio of hospital billing practices that can leave patients befuddled and their pocketbooks empty. Today’s column examines what can be done to assist patients who often have no way of knowing in advance how much their hospital care will cost.
Rachel Martin talks to Dr. Robert Pearl, who has been watching congressional efforts to overhaul health care. Pearl is CEO of health care insurer and provider, The Permanente Medical Group.
Four pillars for transforming health care delivery.
During his presentation, Pearl noted that attempts to change the health care cost equation in the past focused on reducing access to care, rationing medical care or reducing provider payment. None have proven effective, and all decrease quality and patient satisfaction. He supports the movement towards payment based on value, rather than volume, and recommends that the nation stay the course.
Opening exchanges for individual health coverage is just one step in a reform process that will take years to play out.