Health Care and the New Economy
Health care reform and the recent economic downturn are placing unprecedented pressure on the health care system to provide consumers with value. Patients, purchasers, regulators, and other key stakeholders are demanding that care be readily accessible, proactive, and focused on improving health while containing costs. Many in the health care system are developing novel strategies to provide these services including new delivery models centered on patient-centricity, health information technology, and integrated delivery systems. The lecture will discuss how these forces interact as well as the challenges and opportunities they afford in improving the U.S. health care system.
Scott Young, M.D., is the associate executive director for clinical care and innovation at the Permanente Federation, the national umbrella organization for Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Medical Groups. Dr. Young’s responsibilities within the Permanente Federation range from delivery system innovation to clinical process improvement and resource stewardship. He also serves as senior medical director and co-executive director of Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute, a nationwide team that is integral to Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improve the care and wellness of its members.
Dr. Young is the former director for Health IT at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Prior to joining AHRQ, he served as a senior clinical advisor in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Scott’s policy experience also includes service as a Robert Wood Jackson health policy fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.
Dr. Young received an M.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 and completed his training at the Fairfax Family Practice Residency. He is board certified in family medicine.