Pointing to apps that will help people monitor their personal health and their activity levels, Halvorson noted that "we are moving into an age of interactive, very personal, and very focused care delivery."
He challenged the industry to "encourage, support, and nurture the agenda. "If we take full advantage of the agenda and do the right things then we should be able to improve the quality of care while bringing down the cost of care."
With his official retirement set for December, Halvorson was honored by AHIP with its inaugural lifetime achievement award. In making the presentation Karen Ignagni, AHIP's president and CEO, noted that throughout his decades long career Halvorson has "never lacked for ideas. He has encouraged us to be bold, set the bar high, and to always do the right thing. He has been on the leading edge of change and has left an indelible foot print. We salute you for your imagination, you vision, and your heart."
Status of Employer Expectations
Purchasers are very concerned about the state of healthcare and their relationship with health plans said David Lansky, PhD, president and CEO of Pacific Business Group on Health, a California-based non-profit business coalition focused on health care.
In their view, the business fundamentals that affect their jobs and the corporate bottom line haven't been well-served by health insurance and some are thinking about leaving the system.