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Helgerson Solutions in Sweden

On the 26 November 2018, Jason Helgerson addressed Forum for Välfärd in Sweden, which aimed to address the real challenges of the welfare sector. Through fact-based analysis, anchoring and in-depth dialogue with other stakeholders involved in welfare activities, the forum plans to contribute concrete, feasible proposals for lasting improvement in welfare, with special focus on healthcare and care.

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Collaboration 2.0: Moving towards true person-centred care

Various versions of collaboration are being tried across the US and within the NHS in England. While we may use different acronyms – ACO, ACS, PPS, CCO, IDS, etc – each attempt at collaboration is rooted in the same theory of action that collaboration will produce the win-win. While it’s easy in theory, it’s much more challenging to implement in real-world settings around the world.

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Health and social care desperately need positive change agents

We need new care and payment models that free providers to improve care in ways that work better for patients and communities. We need to harness technology and make care more humane by truly making the system patient-centered and not provider-centered. Change agents at every level of each system must be found and empowered to lead innovation. Without them, we have darker days ahead.

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Reflections From A Departing Medicaid Director

I firmly believe being a Medicaid director is one of the best jobs in health care policy. You get to be both a policy maker and administrator. You face some of the biggest problems in US health care, and one way or the other, you must solve them. If you fail, you won’t last very long in the position. The average tenure of a Medicaid director is 19 months.

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The one-click healthcare challenge

I’m not suggesting that accessing healthcare is like buying a jumper. Healthcare is far more important and complex and patients need well-trained professionals to help them make decisions and access the care they need. That said, we need to harness the power of technology and innovate so that we can maximize the full value of our healthcare professions, especially given the fiscal realities we face.

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Cross-sector collaboration is a game changer for social change

The gains from cross-sector collaboration are easy to imagine, but it can often be challenging for us to know where to start. Who should I call? Who is responsible for this kind of work? How do I find the time? The good news is there is an existing framework for how sectors and institutions can work together collaboratively to solve highly complex, population-level issues – collective impact. 

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We have an obligation to be agents for social justice

The fact that we are overwhelmed makes what I am about to suggest hard to accept: individuals in the healthcare field have an obligation to be agents for social justice. The healthcare sector must embrace a broader role in the communities in which we serve. We must reach out to other sectors and partner with them to address societal problems. Not only do we have a moral obligation to do this, but it is also the only way we can address some of the key reasons we are currently overwhelmed.

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Money can’t stand in the way of better healthcare

My challenge to all who care about the NHS is to innovate – even in the face of funding challenges. The patients you care for need you to solider on. In New York, some of our greatest innovations came during a funding crisis. We actually used the funding crisis caused by the Great Recession to drive vested interests off the status quo and embrace change. I am convinced this can be done in the NHS.

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Public Official of the Year, 2015

Many states and localities are trying to change the model for delivering health care, to improve quality of care while keeping costs in check. But the boldest of those efforts taking place is in New York state, which earlier this year unveiled an $8 billion plan to rebuild its Medicaid system around outpatient care and community-based services. It’s an audacious plan, but one reason for optimism is the strong leadership of the state’s Medicaid director, Jason Helgerson.


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