Fall 2011 Forum

The Role of Informed Medical Decision-Making in Healthcare Delivery

Sep. 26, 2011


Patient involvement in medical decisions related to their care is an essential element in the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) models. Despite the importance and value of patient participation in shared decision making for enhanced decision quality, more appropriate utilization of health care services, and reducing unwarranted variation, this strategy has not yet assumed "front burner" status in healthcare reform discussions.

The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making (FIMDM) is a non-profit organization based in Boston, MA, dedicated to amplifying the patient’s voice in health care decisions.  For over 20 years, the Foundation has developed evidence-based patient decision aids that include accurate, unbiased and understandable information about important choices in medical care and treatment.  They facilitate research and clinical demonstrations to support implementation of shared decision making in health care. In addition, they consult with others on policy development to support sustainable models of shared decision making. FIMDM president, Dr. Michael J. Barry, will outline the work and findings of the Foundation and discuss how shared decision making can be used as a tool to address variations and disparities in Michigan's health care delivery system. Dr. Barry will explain why shared decision making is a critical element for successful healthcare reform from the provider payer and patient perspective.


Speakers' Bios

Michael Barry, MD, President, Foundation for Informed Medical Decision-Making

John Fox, MD, MHA, Senior Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Priority Health

Karen Merrikin, JD, Senior Policy Advisor to Group Health Cooperative and Director of its Health Reform initiative

Marianne Udow-Phillips, MHSA, Director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT)

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Speaker Presentations

The Quality and Safety Imperative for Involving Patients in Health Care Decisions  (M. Barry)

Integrating Informed Medical Decision Making into Practice  (J. Fox)

Shared Decision Making & Group Health  (K. Merrikin)

Health Care Variation: Trends in Michigan  (M. Udow-Phillips)