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Berwick: Focus on competition instead of cooperation hurts healthcare

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Don Berwick, M.D., says the current emphasis in the healthcare industry on competition instead of cooperation prevents  the sector from accomplishing the goals of the Triple Aim — higher quality care for individuals, improved population health and lower costs.

Dr. Berwick is president-emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and former acting administrator of  the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

“Competition is not the answer,” he said. “It is the problem.”

FierceHealthcare reported that “Dr. Berwick contends that healthcare leaders and their teams must learn to act and think in a fundamentally different way. And it requires cooperation, which may be difficult for some healthcare professionals to do in such a competitive industry.”

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