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  • 1. Living in a Time of Uncertainty Jerome H. Grossman, MD Director, Health Care Delivery Policy Program Harvard University JFK School of Government Presented to the 6 th Annual Mayo Foundation Managed Care Leadership Conference August 17, 2004
  • 2. Politics The Public “Common Good” The Challenger The Incumbent
  • 3. Sectors % of the GNP Providers Insurance Financing
  • 4. Financing RESULT Decreasing total compensation
    • Increased pay for premium
    • Decreasing benefits
    • Increasing copay/deductible
    COMMERCIAL
  • 5. Coverage Trends for Nonelderly Americans     Notes: Other private includes private nongroup insurance and private insurance obtained through someone outside the family. Public includes Medicaid, SCHIP and other state programs but not Medicare. Other coverage includes Medicare, military insurance, Indian Health Service and miscellaneous other coverage. * Change from previous round is statistically significant at p <.05. # Change from 1997-2003 is statistically significant at p <.05. Source: HSC Community Tracking Study Household Survey Source of Coverage 1997 1999 2001 2003 Employer 65.1% 66.0% 67.0% 63.4*# Other Private 6.9 6.7 6.0* 5.5# Public Insurance 7.6 8.3* 8.9 11.9*# Other Coverage 4.9 4.0* 3.9 4.2# Uninsured 15.4 15.1 14.1* 15.0
  • 6. Financing
    • RETIREES
      • Will corporations slow the move to fixed contributions or total elimination of health benefits in spite of incentive to continue?
    • MEDICARE MODERNIZATION ACT
      • Will Prescription Benefit Bill succeed?
      • Will Medicare Advantage (HMO) increased payment cause insurers to offer plans and will there be subscribers? (once burned, twice shy)
  • 7. New Entry HSA
    • High deductible/catastrophic
      • $1000-$2000 per individual
      • $2000-$5000 per family
    • Person/corporation can make triply tax- free deposit into health savings account
    Are health care premiums moving from defined benefit to defined contribution?
  • 8. Insurance
    • CONSOLIDATION
      • 5 public/private companies control market
        • Will insurance companies succeed with disease management?
        • Will consumer defined plans shift risk?
    • ASSET MANAGER/401K COMPANIES
      • Becoming outsourcers of human resources departments
    Is health insurance moving to 401K-like programs (HSA)?
  • 9. Providers: Brief History of the Recent Period DRGS result in first round of consolidation Anticipation of “Clinton Plan” causes frenzy of “vertical integration” Corporations force employees into HMOs and premiums decline Balanced Budget Act Bottom drops out of medical subsidization of below cost HMO prices 1985 1992 1993-7 1997
  • 10. 2000’s
    • ADMISSION GROWTH
      • Initial belief that baby boomers would cause 5.6% not born out – really 1-2%
      • Further decrease comes from growth of specialty hospitals in cardiology and orthopedics
    5.6% 1-2% Expectation Reality
  • 11. Providers The transfer of high profit services (such as cardiology and orthopedics) to private for-profit hospitals leave traditional community hospital with money-losing services (especially emergency room), decreasing net income Simultaneously, the growth in the uninsured and the size of copay and deductible are causing a significant rise in bad debt, further weakening income INCOME Now Future
  • 12. Impact on GDP Distorting mix of government and private spending No realization that one can “engineer” the fragmented and dysfunctional health care delivery system Focus on safety, quality and covering the uninsured, seem important, but not critical strategies to control costs Engineering the system will require wrenching organizational change – and will take decades, but if we don’t recognize that reality and begin vigorously organizing projects and programs, the problems will never be solved