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From IHI’s Annual Meeting: Maureen Bisognano and Winston Wong on the U.S. Safety Net System

Nearly 6,000 health care professionals from around the world and thousands more via satellite broadcast are scheduled to attend the Institute for Healthcare Improvement 23rd Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. Located in Orlando, Florida on Dec . 4 -7, the conference is the premier “meeting place” for people committed to the mission of providing safe, effective patient care at a reasonable cost.

At the event, the Center for Total Health blog was able to get a few minutes with IHI president and CEO, Maureen Bisognano and Winston Wong, MD, medical director of Community Benefit, Disparities Improvement and Quality Initiatives for Kaiser Permanente. Of the several topics discussed at the forum, one was the importance of the nation’s safety net organizations, which are providers that deliver a significant level of health care to uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable patients. Safety net organizations hold critical roles in cultivating a just, equitable, and patient-centered health care system as health care reform is implemented.

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