White Papers Address Patient-Caregiver Relationship Challenges

Issues include cost conversations and overcoming the stigma of mental illness

Jul 09, 2015, 10:24 ET from The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare

BOSTON, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the human connection in healthcare, has released two new white papers that address current issues affecting the patient-caregiver relationship.

The first white paper, The Impact of Healthcare Cost Controls on the Patient-Caregiver Relationship, is based on a Schwartz Center Thought Leadership Breakfast in New York City held in partnership with NewYorkBIO. The session focused on rising healthcare costs and the role of physicians in educating patients and families about treatment costs.

Speakers included Tom Lynch, MD, of the Yale Cancer Center, Aran Ron, MD, of Oscar Health Insurance, Paul Gileno of the U.S. Pain Foundation, and Jane Wasman of Acorda Therapeutics. The session, moderated by Fred Mogul of WNYC, focused on so-called "step therapy" policies adopted by an estimated two-thirds of insurance plans to control pharmaceutical spending.

The white paper is available at: http://www.theschwartzcenter.org/media/Schwartz-Center-Healthcare-Cost-Controls-White-Paper-July-2015.pdf

The second white paper, Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness to Ensure Compassionate Care for Patients and Families, is based on a Schwartz Center Health Policy Breakfast in Boston that featured Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Joseph Gold, MD, of McLean Hospital, Steve Rosenfeld of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and Lisa Halpern, who suffers from schizophrenia and serves as director of recovery services at Vinfen, a Massachusetts nonprofit that provides support services to people with psychiatric conditions. The session was moderated by Carey Goldberg of WBUR.

The white paper is available at: http://www.theschwartzcenter.org/media/Schwartz-Center-Mental-Illness-Health-Policy-White-Paper-July-2015.pdf

The Schwartz Center holds regular thought leadership events in New York and Boston to address current issues affecting the patient-caregiver relationship and strives to hear all sides of an issue and include diverse points of view, including the perspectives of patients and caregivers. The Center's next event, "Ensuring Compassionate Care for a Rapidly Aging Population," will be held on Oct. 16, 2015, at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston.

About the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
The Schwartz Center is a national nonprofit leading the movement to bring compassion to every patient-caregiver interaction. Research shows that when caregivers are compassionate, patients do better and caregivers rediscover their passion for healing. The Center believes that a strong patient-caregiver relationship characterized by effective communication, emotional support, mutual trust and respect, and the involvement of patients and families in healthcare decisions is fundamental to high-quality healthcare. Visit us at theschwartzcenter.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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