Brian Klepper is principal of Healthcare Performance, principal of Worksite Health Advisors and a nationally prominent healthcare analyst and commentator. He is a former CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), an association representing about 5,000 employers and unions and some 35 million people. He is also a former principal of a worksite clinic/medical management firm and speaks and writes extensively on high-performance healthcare, clinics and the management of clinical and financial risk.
Dr. Klepper has been involved in several transformative healthcare efforts favoring patient and healthcare purchaser interests. In 2009, his testimony to an HHS panel resulted in the revocation of an industry group’s monopoly on Health Information Technology certification. In 2010-2013, he spearheaded the national effort, culminating in lawsuits against CMS and HHS, to expose the AMA’s RBRVS Update Committee’s role in distorting U.S. healthcare‘s care patterns and cost. With Vidar Jorgensen, chair of the World Health Care Congress, he is spearheading the Health Value Awards, a program to identify, validate, celebrate and promote true high-performance healthcare programming.
He is a regular contributor to the healthcare trade press, is a reviewer for the journals Health Affairs, The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management and The American Journal of Managed Care and is an adviser to several healthcare firms and foundations. A purchaser advocate, he has focused on the market and policy dynamics of the healthcare cost crisis and readily available solutions to purchasers willing to approach the problem laterally. The George Washington University Masters in Health Administration Program ranked Klepper’s writing, archived at Care & Cost, the top 2016 blog by a healthcare professional. Feedspot named it a 2017 top 100 healthcare blog.
When Catalyst for Payment Reform hosted a webinar that provided a glimpse into Walmart’s healthcare strategy and management plans, Lisa Woods, senior director of U.S. benefits, talked about a new program to simplify and improve healthcare, particularly primary care, for Walmart’s million-plus associates and their families. She alluded to Walmart’s well established and continuously expanding Centers of Excellence (COE) […]
In North Carolina, a storm is brewing that highlights the healthcare industry’s influence and stranglehold over public dollars. An experienced civic-minded reformer with clout has emerged. Dale Folwell is a certified public accountant who served four terms as a Republican in the NC House of Representatives and was elected speaker pro tempore. Now state treasurer, […]
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