I get asked all the time to slow down. Slow down? Healthcare in the United States is unreliable at best, and you want to slow down? Fixing healthcare is about failure tolerance and rapid cycle change. We don’t need a randomized control trial to tell us we have a problem with safety, access, affordability, and efficiency. In 2015, among the wealthiest nations in the world, the United States ranked dead last on key indicators such as infant mortality and life expectancy. We can’t afford to slow down.
Deirdre is one of the healthcare industry’s most respected voices on the subject of bundled payments. The leader of ECG’s Bundled Payments practice, she has been invited to testify before Congress on the efficacy of bundled payments, was appointed expert reviewer by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Bundled Payments for Care Initiative, and has served as the lead for the Acute Care Episode (ACE) Bundled Payment Demonstration. She is frequently asked to be a keynote speaker on the topic.
Prior to joining ECG, Deirdre spent 6 years at a national consulting firm as Senior Vice President and practice leader for bundled payments. Before that she spent 10 years in academic healthcare, first at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and later at the University of Michigan Health System, serving in key leadership roles. Deirdre has authored more than 20 papers on bundled payments, healthcare reform, and payment transformation and has been a featured expert on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Planet Money.