"The two words ‘information’ and ‘communication’ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through." -- Sydney J. Harris

MNCM, ICSI, and Stratis Health Joint Convening on Health Care Affordability

On November 29, MNCM, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI), and Stratis Health hosted a community event about health care affordability, supported by funding from the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the event was to call attention to the problem of health care affordability, and how to improve affordability as a community.

The event began with a presentation by MNCM President Julie Sonier on health care affordability drivers and recent cost trends, followed by a panel discussion led by Jennifer Lundblad from Stratis Health that included panelists representing a variety of perspectives: consumer, employer, provider, and health plan. Dr. Charles Fazio from HealthPartners gave a presentation on envisioning a more affordable health care system, and Dr. Claire Neely from ICSI provided context and led a small group exercise and discussion on barriers to a more affordable system. Participants were asked to identify collaborative action steps toward improving health care affordability in their own environments.

The engaging and energetic event was attended by about 75 local health care leaders.