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As I’m sure many of you know, last night President Obama and ABC News hosted a discussion on the current state of health care in America. That reform is needed was universally supported. Debate, for the most part, centered on how much of a role government should play in delivery of care.

Michael Bennett, President of Coalition for Patients’ Rights and friend of Extending the Cure, was at the White House for the event and had an opportunity to speak with President Obama. (If you have not heard Michael’s story, it’s a worthwhile detour) He shared these thoughts with us:

I was a little disappointed that the President did not place more emphasis on just how prolific hospital-associated infections (and medical errors in general) are; how they impact the victims (none were chosen to ask a question), and the staggering costs associated with them.

The President however did indirectly touch on these issues by advocating for evidence-based medicine and information technology as a way of reducing costs.

In a private moment with him, I asked the President how he could ensure that institutions implement evidence-based best practices and comply with them. Without offering details the President's response centered on incentives.

All-in-all I think the President did a good job and that he is both smart and sincere. He has a daunting task ahead. By courageously confronting an issue that has been left to fester for far too long and that has created legions of victims on all sides, this president offers hope. It was a privilege to be in the White House and to take part in a vital discussion that is just getting started.

That the President is focused on incentive based solutions was evident, as during the televised event he blamed “skewed incentives” that promote “quantity over quality of care” for today’s insupportable health spending. He mentioned incentivizing hospitals to reduce readmission rates as a possible answer, and called for a shift away from the current fee for service structure and toward a system that rewards outcomes—music to the ears of the Extending the Cure team.