Newt Gingrich Visits Alegent Health to See Health Transformation in Action
(OMAHA, Neb.) – Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and founder of the Center for Health Transformation (CHT) has worked tirelessly for a health care system that puts the consumer in the driver’s seat. It is a vision that Alegent Health shares and is working hard to demonstrate by boldly reporting quality scores, real costs and by building consumer engagement.
“We all know that the health care system in this country is broken,” said Speaker Gingrich. “The question is how to fix it. Small changes and reactionary repairs to pieces of the current system don’t solve anything. We need a system-wide transformation that starts with the kind of bold moves happening at Alegent Health in Omaha.”
Alegent Health now has the highest quality scores in the nation according to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems or HCAHPS which combines hospital compare numbers with CMS clinical quality data to arrive at national rankings. Alegent Health’s combined quality score of 97-percent out-distanced the nation’s number two ranked health system, Mayo Clinic, by 4-percent.
Quality scores are just one element of transformation. Another is cost transparency. Alegent Health has a patent pending online tool that will not only give the actual cost of hundreds of procedures and diagnostic tests, it will also determine an individual’s out of pocket expense according to their insurance policy. The “My Cost” tool is the first of its kind in the nation.
“Transparency is absolutely critical to getting people to own their health and healthcare,” said Alegent Health CEO Wayne Sensor. “What other product or service do Americans purchase without knowing how good it is and how much it costs? Why should health care be any different?”
Gingrich believes it shouldn’t. He says he likes what he sees happening at Alegent Health and wants to get a closer look. “The work going on here is important. It is health transformation in action,” Gingrich said. “I wanted to come to Omaha so that I can learn more about Alegent Health’s success and share it with others around the country.”
Alegent Health and CHT are natural partners, both pursuing health transformation through cost and quality transparency, dynamic leadership and consumer engagement. “Consumers are powerful,” Speaker Gingrich said. “It is time they exercise that power in healthcare. That’s when real change will happen.”
While in Omaha, Speaker Gingrich will give business and community leaders a peek inside healthcare - 21st century style by sharing his vision for a health care system that saves lives and money for all Americans. That vision is reality for employees at Alegent Health who are saving money by embracing Health Savings Accounts and Health Reimbursement Accounts. Equally as poignant, aggressive health screenings and incentives that led employees to changing their lifestyles for the better. Gingrich will hear from employees during his visit.
“We are thrilled to be able to host Speaker Gingrich,” said Sensor. “He is one of the great thought leaders of our time. We look forward to working with him on the quest toward health transformation and hope others in our community will join us.”
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