Pomona, Calif. (PRWEB) August 12, 2013
Tomorrow’s health care professionals should embrace diversity, help direct resources away from high-cost treatments and toward cognitive care, and seek out patients rather than waiting for them to simply show up, a leading Southern California health administrator told Western University of Health Sciences’ class of incoming students Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013.
William Henning, DO ’86, Chief Medical Officer of the Inland Empire Health Plan, made the remarks during his keynote address at WesternU’s annual Convocation and white coat ceremonies, held at Fairplex in Pomona. More than 1,100 new students, their families and friends celebrated the beginning of their graduate health sciences education during the event, which was presided over by Philip Pumerantz, PhD, president of WesternU.
Henning, a 1986 graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – which became Western University of Health Sciences in 1996 – told the first-year students in WesternU’s nine colleges that the University will provide them with an excellent education for dealing with the changing face of health care. “My education was probably the best tool chest you could imagine for serving a diverse population,” he said.
But embracing and systematically dealing with that diversity – especially as millions more poor and uninsured Americans become eligible for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act – will present challenges, he said, because “our model of care is not outcome-driven, and it’s not designed for diversity… We like to say we have the best health care in the world. But America’s not the best health care system if you measure outcomes. We are 38th. But we’re No. 1 in health care costs.”
He said changes promised by the Affordable Care Act would extend coverage to 100 million people – some already partially insured, others currently without insurance – and “gives us
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