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Health Dialog CMO to extol values of SDM at health workshop

BY Michael Johnsen

Health Dialog chief medical officer Peter Goldbach is slated to speak at the National Quality Forum workshop, “Using Shared Decision Making to Drive Population Health Strategy,” held on March 19 in Philadelphia, where he will join national advocates for shared decision making.

“SDM’s time has come,” Goldbach said. “Extensive data, spanning 20 years of practice, demonstrate clearly its effectiveness in producing better health outcomes for patients while reducing medical costs. Using SDM, patients feel empowered, more informed and more satisfied with their care choices and care providers. With value-based care finally upon us, there is no better time nor method to deliver high-quality, patient-centric, cost-effective care than through the practice of SDM.”

The workshop follows the NQF’s 2017 landmark Call to Action to make SDM a standard of person-centered care and subsequent publication of its “National Quality Partners Playbook: Shared Decision Making in Healthcare,” which the NQF released March 12 at its annual conference. The Playbook is the first of its kind to provide practical, actionable solutions to overcome common barriers to SDM in clinical practice.

SDM is a collaborative process between physicians and patients that may rely on the use of decision aids, which offer evidence-based information about treatment choices to help patients understand their options, consider their personal values and preferences, and prepare them to talk with their provider to make a more informed decision. More than a decade of published studies show SDM reduces elective surgeries, reduces costs, drives better patient outcomes and produces happier patients who are more satisfied with their provider and their care.

The NQF workshop joins the expertise of NQF’s Shared Decision Making Action Team, 20 SDM advocates representing a diverse range of perspectives — patient, provider and health system — with featured speakers, including clinicians from the nation’s most mature, successful SDM programs. Workshop speakers will discuss the fundamental principles of SDM and share key strategies for its successful use across a variety of care settings.

The pre-conference workshop is part of Thomas Jefferson University’s 18th Population Health Colloquium.

Health Dialog, a subsidiary of Rite Aid, is a leading provider of population health management solutions. The company works with the nation’s largest third-party payers, employers and providers to improve the health and wellness of their members, employees and patients while reducing costs and improving performance in key quality measures, such as NCQA’s HEDIS and CMS’ Stars ratings.

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