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CHCF 20th Anniversary

  1. Abraham Verghese: The Rx for Medicine Is Caring

    Steven Birenbaum, Senior Communications Officer, High-Value Care
    Steven Birenbaum
    Steven Birenbaum

    "One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient." —Dr. Francis Peabody

    On May 8, 2017, Dr. Abraham Verghese gave the closing talk at the CHCF Health Care Forum in San Francisco. In his address, "Telling the Story of What Matters to Patients," he advocated ardently for the role of empathy and human touch in the healing process, part of what he calls "imagining the patient's experience." Author of three best-selling books, including the novel Cutting for Stone, Dr. Verghese is professor and vice chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. I caught up with him for a brief conversation, which has been edited and condensed.

  2. CHCF Health Care Forum: Charting a Course in Uncertain Times

    On May 8, CHCF's Health Care Forum and 20th Anniversary Celebration brought together leaders from health care delivery and health policy to share ideas for making meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California.

    The day began with a discussion with health policy journalist Sarah Kliff from Vox, who described where California sits in the national health care debate. Participants then chose from six breakout sessions, each offering real-world examples of health care that is working. The program culminated with a keynote address by acclaimed novelist and professor of medicine Abraham Verghese, MD. The event ended with a celebration of our mission, and a reflection on the achievements of the past, as we look forward to working with our partners to achieve a health care system that works for all Californians.

    Read on for a summary of the day's events.