KCUR News
12:06 am
Thu October 16, 2008

Area Health Leaders Step Up Efforts For Health Reform

Kansas City, MO – Leaders from regional hospitals, insurance companies, and other health care organizations are stepping up their efforts to improve the nation's health care system. KCUR's Elana Gordon reports.

Bill Bruning of the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care says area stakeholders share a general goal when it comes to health reform.

Bruning: There's no question - there must be basic health care coverage - and I don't think America at large disagrees with that as well.

His comment follows a public forum he moderated earlier this week in Overland Park. He says the event aimed to boost local dialogue and build consensus among the region's health care leaders around what real steps can be taken to improve the health care delivery system. Bruning says the discussion revealed that leaders differ on how to go about expanding health coverage, but that they agree on wanting to develop wellness initiatives, improve chronic care treatment, build a comprehensive electronic health record system, and establish patient medical homes. The American Hospital Association organized the event, and plans to take the input it gathers about health reform to local and national lawmakers.

Funding for health care coverage on KCUR has been provided by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

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