Oostra Letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-Lasure and CMMI Director Liz Fowler (October 22nd)
Listeners may recall this past January through March Promedica's CEO Randy Oostra (a client) introduced eight interviews I conducted in a series regarding substantive healthcare issues, i.e., interviews with Dr. Steve Woolf, Dr. Bob Berenson, Dr. Amol Navathe, Dr. Michael Chernew, Dr. Mark Miller, Dr. Judy Feder, Dr. Kate Goodrich and Drs. Braveman and Gottlieb.
If you go to the Blog link at the top of the website page you'll see pasted an 8-page October 13th letter Mr. Oostra recently forwarded to Ms. Brooks-Lasure and Ms. Fowler noting several substantive issues needing CMS' attention: the climate crisis; economic inequality; CMMI reforms; social determinants; long term care; and, population health. Please read and offer comment.
As a related aside, this year's Lancet "Countdown on Health and Climate Change " report was released two days ago. It is at: https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2821%2901787-6