Dianne Kiehl
The Price is Right – or Is It?
Our Annual Meeting

With approximately 160 members and guests in attendance, our organization held its third public annual meeting at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West on September 30. The meeting, entitled, “The Price is Right – or Is It?,” was highlighted  by a keynote address by Dr. David Nash, the founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting also featured the presentation of the third Driving Meaningful Change Award to the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO) for its commitment to improving health care quality, transparency and efficiency in Wisconsin.

I am sure those of you who attended would agree with me that the presentation by Dr. Nash was both enlightening and engaging. Dr. Nash’s keynote address, Buying Value in Health Care, was an extremely timely topic given the current state of health care in our country. After listening to it, it also reinforced my conviction that as an organization, we are headed in the right direction strategically. The principles underlying our strategy to continue to drive meaningful change in our market in 2015 and beyond were echoed by many of the points Dr. Nash made in his presentation.

Our principles, as shared at the meeting, include:

  • Improving value of dollar spend
  • Supporting payment reform to drive accountability
  • Driving consumer accountability through plan design
  • Providing tools to support consumer accountability
  • Maintaining choice for the consumer
  • Supporting the Triple Aim – better care for individuals, better health for populations and reducing per capita costs

When a nationally renowned expert such as Dr. Nash reinforces the underpinnings of our strategic direction, it gives us confidence that our strategic direction will continue to move the market.

More information about Dr. Nash’s address and other presentations can be found in an executive summary of our annual meeting. Slides from some of the presentations and photos from the event are also available.


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