It is a great time of connection with our peers from across the country and a time of affirmation that we are not alone in the struggles we face. It is also helpful to discover that others are handling these issues the same way we do. It is a confirmation of best practices.
The United States spends far more on health care than any other country; yet its quality of care trails other nations that spend far less. Aging services providers, physicians, hospitals and others are building partnerships with an aim to improve care, coordination, transitions and efficiencies to enhance quality outcomes within our health care system while reducing costs. LeadingAge members, who have long made quality the cornerstone of their missions, understand that better care and services can be mined in both practical and creative solutions.
Dr. Gawande is a practicing surgeon, a staff writer for The New Yorker and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He has authored three bestselling books, including The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, and is recognized as one of the world’s most influential thinkers. He offers a unique perspective on the practice of medicine, ethics, health care and the human struggle to do better.
Special thanks to 2012 LeadingAge Partner CliftonLarsonAllen.