CHICAGO — Massive disruptions are ahead in health care, including blowing up the fee-for-service model and making care more affordable, Bernard Tyson, chairman and CEO of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, told attendees at the American College of Healthcare Executives’ 2017 Congress on Healthcare Leadership on Tuesday.
Tyson challenged ACHE members to use their “firepower” to take health care to the next level and to invest in a system that provides something better than “episodic care after something has gone wrong.” This includes early diagnosis and treatment and helping patients with the behavior modification needed to manage chronic conditions.
“This is on our collective watch,” Tyson said. “We need to turn up the volume [about moving] from a sick-based system to a health-based system.”
Tyson noted that he was a supporter of the Affordable Care Act and was applauded when he said that it does not meet his definition of “disaster,” even though some politicians describe it as such.
Tyson told of how he met with President Donald Trump and said the president listened intently and asked “great” questions. Tyson didn’t dwell on the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s repeal-and-replace legislation, but told ACHE members that it was up to them to “pick up the pieces and move forward.”