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Perspectives on Health Care

The health care debate in Washington, D.C., and around the nation has ended with passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The new law has important consequences for Johns Hopkins Medicine operations, for our employees, and for our patients. JHM executives played a quiet but notable role in the debate, meeting with officials from the White House and the Cabinet, and with Members of Congress and their staff, explaining the key role of academic medical centers in the delivery of health care to millions of Americans. The resources below will give you insight into the JHM contribution to the debate and how the institution will move forward under the new law.

The following is the statement by Johns Hopkins Medicine leaders regarding enactment of H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
“We at Johns Hopkins Medicine applaud the enactment of health care reform legislation that extends coverage to tens of millions of Americans and we stand ready to work with the administration and Congress on these new and significant changes to our health care system. The months ahead bring both opportunities and challenges for additional adjustments to the new law.”

Television and Radio

The Deans of Johns Hopkins and Miami Discuss Accountable Care Organizations (March 2, 2011)
Edward D. Miller, M.D., Dean/CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Dean Pascal Goldschmidt senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and CEO of the University of Miami Health System of Miami discuss accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Hopkins Medicine Dean/CEO Edward Miller Discusses Health Care Reform at the National Press Club (June 21, 2010)
Edward Miller, Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, shared his concerns regarding a critical aspect of the new health care law: a massive increase of 32 million newly insured individuals, including 16 million new Medicaid beneficiaries.

Hopkins Hosts Health Care Panel (April 7, 2010)
Watch as U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) gets insightful and compelling perspectives on the new reform law from Hopkins experts.

Maryland Public Television (August, 2009)
Watch Johns Hopkins Medicine leaders weigh in on health care reform on MPT’s “Direct Connection.”


Accountable Care at Academic Medical Centers: Lessons Learned (February 2, 2011)
Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) must adjust and adapt to the new health care reform laws or risk marginalization in the new health care arena, according to a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective article published online February 2.

EDM Op-Ed (February 18, 2010)
Dean Miller and Dean Reece discuss chronic diseases and reducing health care costs.

Baltimore Sun Op-Ed (January 1, 2010)
Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller and Emory University Chancellor Michael M.E. Johns discuss the importance of boosting the supply of physicians.

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed (December 4, 2009)
Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller discusses the potential effects of health care reform on Medicaid patients.

The JHU Gazette (November 2, 2009)
Johns Hopkins Medicine executives discuss the need for a fundamental change in health care delivery systems and a critical focus on expanding the health care work force.

Washington Post Op-Ed (September 22, 2009)
Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller and president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Darrell G. Kirsch, discuss the important role academic medical centers can play in the proposed Health Care Innovation Zones.

Wall Street Journal Article (September 14, 2009)
Ron Peterson, president of Johns Hopkins Health System, talks about how hospital rate-setting in Maryland allows hospitals to treat the uninsured while enjoying financial stability.

Roll Call Newspaper Advertisement (September, 2009)
Academic medical center leaders address Congress on geographic disparities and medical education.

Wall Street Journal Guest Column (August 12, 2009)
Johns Hopkins patient safety expert Peter Pronovost discusses life and death decisions in the ICU.

Baltimore Sun Letter to the Editor(August 13, 2009)
Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller writes about the correct path for health care reform in a letter to the editor.

Johns Hopkins Medicine Principles of Health Care Reform
Document outlining our institution’s position on health care reform and what we’re already doing to provide quality care to the uninsured and other unique populations.

Hopkins Medicine Opinion Piece (Spring 2009)
Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller offers his perspective on the long-term need for steady biomedical research funding.

Change, a Forum for Johns Hopkins Faculty and Senior Staff (June 5, 2009)
Dean/CEO Edward D. Miller discusses how academic medical centers like Johns Hopkins can serve as a model for health care reform.

Academic Health Reform Position Paper
Earlier this year, Dr. Ed Miller and Dr. Mike Johns from Emory University convened a working group of leaders of some of America’s leading academic health centers (AHCs). Read the group’s position on the role AHCs must play in health care reform, including changing the basic fee-for-service health care delivery system.

Documents Related to the Health Care Law

Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council
Interim Report Executive Summary

Health Care Reform Implementation Timeline
AAMC’s Timeline on the new health care law

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
A summary of the 2,074 page Senate bill with related links.