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February 9, 2016

Improving the State of the World: The Global Conversation on Health Care Delivery

By Meghan Knoedler

Leaders from around the world converge annually to take part in global conversations at the World Economic Forum (WEF).  “Improving the state of the world,” lies at the heart of their mission, which they met to discuss in late health

Notably, John Noseworthy, M.D., Mayo Clinic President and CEO, and, Sylvia Burwell, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary were both in attendance, championing health and health care delivery.  Also in attendance and contributing to the conversation were, other top private sector moguls and government officials including, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, and Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

“Economic growth is tied to the health of a population and the health investment in the population,” said John Noseworthy, M.D. in a recent Star Tribune article where he discusses the global dialogue from the WEF.  He continues, “If you want to have a strong country, with a strong economy, you better make sure you have a healthy country.”

This meeting in Davos, Switzerland, was not the first meeting between Mayo Clinic’s CEO and DHHS Secretary to discuss the sustainability and issues surrounding health care in the United States.

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Left to right are John Noseworthy, M.D., Rob Nesse, M.D., Jon Ebbert, M.D., Lindsey Philpot, Ph.D., Paul Pigsley, M.H.A., Véronique Roger, M.D., Senator Amy Klobuchar, Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Jeff Bolton.

In fact, early in October 2015, the pair met when Secretary Burwell came to tour Mayo Clinic’s Biobank and also sat down with leaders from Minnesota, including Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic representation included Jeff Bolton, Mayo Clinic’s Chief Administrative Officer, Rob Nesse, M.D., Senior Medical Director of Payment Reform, and Jon Ebbert, M.D., Véronique Roger, M.D., and Lindsey Philpot, Ph.D., of the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery to discuss payment reform.

To assess the bundled payment mechanism impact,  in the Star Tribune interview Dr. Noseworthy said, “we are turning to the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery” to help answer some questions such as, “how do we demonstrate that we can control costs through careful analysis of our data?”

Under the leadership of Sarah Meier, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic and the Kern Center will be working to understand the impact of proposed payment reform mechanisms, and to research innovative new methodologies.

Mayo Clinic, as a leader in health care in the United States and world-wide, remains at the forefront of the changing landscape of health care today.  We will remain diligent in our work to provide meaningful, actionable information to policy and decision makers. Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery is focused on helping Mayo Clinic improve the way that we deliver healthcare.


Jon Ebbert, M.D.

Jon Ebbert, M.D.

Jon Ebbert, M.D., is the Associate Director of the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery and is the Medical Director for the Office of Health Care Practice and Policy.




Meghan Knoedler, M.S.

Meghan Knoedler, M.S.

Meghan Knoedler, M.S., is a Health Services Analyst for the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery with a Policy and Practice focus.


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