The Lamorinda Democratic Club's Thursday, April 11, meeting will feature a discussion about health care policy in California and the nation with Terry Leach, the Executive Director of the UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation.
The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning between 7:15-7:30 p.m. depending on the length of our agenda. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses.
Much of the talk in progressive circles about health care focuses on payer reform. While that is vitally important, what is left of the table is the also equally important topic of "delivery reform." Without reforming how care is delivered, where it is provided, and by whom, the odds of a single payer system succeeding in keeping costs down so that the care is affordable are significantly compromised.
Terry will not be discussing payer source in her discussion, but instead will focus on the redesign of the delivery of health care and the payment reforms that might be necessary to achieve the triple aim of better health care, better population health, and lower costs. She argues that focusing on payer source issues alone cannot be productive unless every participant in the health care conversation is willing to acknowledge that his or her choices are contributing to the unsustainable rise of health care costs.
Terry, a former President and Vice President of the Lamorinda Democratic Club, is a health attorney and registered nurse. She has served as the UC Office of the President's manager of health policy since 2007. In 2010 she was selected to found and manage the UC Center for Health Care Quality & Innovation to facilitate the transformation of health care at the five UC academic medical centers. Its mission is to deliver better health care, better population health, and all at a lower cost throughout UC Health.
In January of 2013, she was tapped by California Department of Health & Human Services Diana Dooley to co-lead the Redesigning Health Care in California working group, to provide recommendations to transform ambulatory care in California, and to make hospital inpatient care safer. Terry also served as then-Senator Tom Torlakson's health consultant, addressing the childhood obesity epidemic as well as other pressing population health issues.
She has a law degree from UC Berkeley, master's degree in fine arts from Bennington College in Vermont and a bachelor's degree in nursing from California State University, Sacramento.