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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerSusan Dentzer, senior policy adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, delivers the final 2013 morning lecture Friday in the Amp.

Dentzer: Post-acute care key to improving U.S. health system

A projection of Michelangelo’s David stared down at the Amphitheater audience from behind Susan Dentzer as she spoke at Friday’s morning lecture. But this wasn’t quite the perfectly proportioned model of a man that has wowed countless numbers of tourists in Italy. An apparently unhealthy dose of Photoshop had added a massive gut and sagging pectorals to the famed piece of art.

“Somebody got the bright idea to send him off to a two-month trip in the United States,” Dentzer joked. “He’s just not the svelte young Florentine he used to be — he’s an American.”

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Analyst Dentzer to clarify current health policy muddle

Susan Dentzer will wrap up the Week Nine examination of “Health Care: Reform and Innovation” — and the 2013 morning lecture series — at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater.

Dentzer is a longtime health care analyst on “PBS NewsHour,” former editor of the journal Health Affairs and a senior health policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, N.J.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerChristine Cassel lectures on the importance of a more open, two-way relationship between doctors and patients in her morning lecture Thursday in the Amphitheater.

Cassel: Doctor-patient relationship needs to rest on even ground

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists the first definition of “patient” as “bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint.” The thesaurus provides some of the expected synonyms: “tolerant” and “stoic.” But then some “related words” take a slightly darker turn — “subservient,” “conformist” and, taking the sentiment to its bleakest extreme, “slavish.”

While there are many times patience is, as they say, a virtue, Dr. Christine K. Cassel said people seeking medical care don’t like calling themselves “patients.” It makes them feel powerless. And that’s a dynamic between consumers and health care providers that Cassel wants to help change; she believes people seeking health care need to have a more balanced doctor-patient relationship than has historically been the case.

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Cassel to guide consumers through jungle of information about health care cost, quality

The way Dr. Christine Cassel sees health care, physicians have two fundamental responsibilities: First and foremost, physicians must take care of their patients as best they can. But Cassel also believes physicians need to serve as stewards of society’s resources.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerRichard Gilfillan, former head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, delivers Wednesday’s morning lecture in the Amphitheater.

Gilfillan: U.S. must change private marketplace to move to ‘patient-centric’ approach

Dr. Richard Gilfillan thinks that basically every health professional has walked a career path paved with good intentions. No one who has stepped up to the podium this week in the Amphitheater, the Hall of Philosophy or anywhere else on the grounds hates the idea of making people healthy.

“No one comes here and says they want to provide fragmented health care at an unreasonable cost,” he said.

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Gilfillan to unpack reform’s effects on health insurance, delivery systems

Not in his wildest dreams did Richard Gilfillan hope to see the likes of the Affordable Care Act. By addressing issues in the health care insurance marketplace as well as in delivery systems, the Affordable Care Act exceeded the expectations of Gilfillan and many other health care professionals.

In fact, Gilfillan left his position as head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, where he worked for three years, this past June, citing a curiosity to explore the multitude of opportunities produced by the Affordable Care Act.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerSteven J. Corwin, chief executive officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, speaks about ways of preserving quality aspects of the existing health care system while reducing overall cost.

Corwin: ‘You have to start the discussion with what’s right for the patient’

It was 1968, and Steven J. Corwin’s grandfather was having a heart attack. At 12 years old, Corwin observed the treatment his 62-year-old grandfather was given — recommended bed rest for six weeks and the advice to “curtail“ his smoking. Two weeks later, his grandfather passed away from a second heart attack.

“That was my inspiration to go into cardiology,” said Corwin, CEO at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Corwin spoke at Tuesday’s morning lecture on Week Nine’s theme of “Health Care: Reform and Innovation.” His lecture focused on the progress being made in medicine today, in technology as well as in cost-controlling measures.

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Corwin shares provider perspective on major health care issues

As a cardiologist, Dr. Steven J. Corwin values his experience caring for patients and tries to understand what patients are going through.

“I have been fortunate to bring that background to running a large mission,” he said. “We try to look at the whole comprehensive picture across the board. We have to put the patient first and be really committed to that. We can’t cure everybody, but we can care in a responsible way.”

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