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Transparency in Healthcare
Transparency has long been one of the key mantras of health care reform in the U.S. In the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, President Obama promised that reform would bring “new transparency requirements and a ‘star rating’ system” to give consumers information related to quality and cost, much as online websites like Kayak enable consumers to compare different travel options. Across the country, tangible progress has been made, at least with respect to quality of care. Ironically, however, the Medicaid sector has lagged in the transparency movement, even as Medicaid enrollment has grown to include one in five Americans. Despite the fact that Medicaid is a tax-payer funded program administered by state governments, few regions of the country make quality scores for Medicaid providers publicly available. In this discussion, Michael Hochman will describe efforts at the Gehr Center for Health Systems Science to create greater transparency among Medicaid providers in Los Angeles County.
Michael Hochman, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, and Director, Gehr Family Center for Implementation Science, Keck Medicine of USC
Michael Hochman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, is the inaugural Director of the Gehr Center. Dr. Hochman is a board certified general internist who attended Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hochman has written on health topics for the Boston Globe and other lay media publications, and is the founding editor of the 50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know book series published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Hochman also enjoys teaching and has won several clinical teaching awards. In addition to serving as Director of the Gehr Center, Dr. Hochman is proud to serve as the Senior Deputy for Health Services and Advocacy for Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors member Mark Ridley-Thomas.
*If attending, please read the following article prior to the seminar: https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20181217.506070/full.
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Building 517, 137 Classroom
A pizza lunch will be provided. Please RSVP below so that we may ensure all attendees are accounted for.