“We’re helping hospitals and doctor’s offices to solve health and safety problems whereas we only previously helped identify those problems.”
ilies and to understand ways in which the delivery system does great stuff and ways in which the delivery system is challenged and could be more effective,” Gottlieb says.
It’s a sentiment echoed by Berwick.
“There’s a lot of questions out there about how healthcare can be sustainable and how much it can improve and how we’re going to get out of the American healthcare dilemma, the cost and quality problem,” Berwick says. “Clinicians know that they have the answer: that’s to make care better.”
Only two physicians have been included in all of the seven annual rankings: Dr. Gary Gottlieb, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare System in Boston, and Dr. Edward Murphy, president and CEO of the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va.
Murphy, who is ranked No. 17 and will step down at Carilion in June, urged the federal officials implementing various components of the healthcare law to ease its impacts on healthcare providers through “ sustainable clarity” and by allowing enough flexibility for clinicians to determine how to reach the goals of the law. Specifically, he urged them to finalize the law’s regulations and interpretations as quickly as possible, as opposed to allowing
His second recommendation was that the government aim to hold providers accountable for results “but give them lots of flexibility to innovate.”
That approach would speed up the healthcare system’s numerous needed improvements, he says.
Partners HealthCare’s Gottlieb, who is No. 18, up from No. 21 last year, emphasizes the responsibility on physician leaders to participate in the redesign of healthcare to improve quality and cut costs.
“Nobody is better positioned than physicians in leadership positions to be both empathetic to the needs of patients and fam-