HL20: Karen Davis, PhD—Economist, Healthcare is More Than a Numbers Game

Chelsea Rice, for HealthLeaders Media , December 2, 2013

"I find that in between government and academia, the foundation world is really the bridge," says Davis. "Being in the foundation world is about figuring out what are the big issues ahead and what do people need to know to make informed decisions and how to effectively communicate that to people in the position to effect change."

Having retired from the Commonwealth Fund in 2012, Davis returned to a career in academia and research at Johns Hopkins, working on what she anticipates will be the next big policy issue. Her current research centers around integrated care, she says, and explores how to better finance not only acute care coverage but also long-term care so "people have the opportunity to age without going bankrupt."

"I think it's the most exciting period in healthcare probably ever in the United States," says Davis. "When I talk with healthcare leaders, it's obviously challenging adapting to a new way of caring for the population, but it's the greatest opportunity to do what we went into healthcare to do, to see people get the care they need but do it in a way that's best for patients and do it in a way that's best for society."

Chelsea Rice is an associate editor for HealthLeaders Media.
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