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Even as the U.S. begins implementation of one of the most comprehensive healthcare policies ever passed, Regina Herzlinger, a leading researcher and long-time advocate of consumer-driven healthcare, argues that policy cannot fix the broken healthcare system. Speaking at a conference hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business, Herzlinger said it will be consumer-focused entrepreneurial innovation that fixes the system — providing that politicians, providers, insurers, and others with vested interests in the status quo get out of the way.

For some Americans, the Affordable Care Act - sometimes referred to as Obamacare - was supposed to fix all of the healthcare industry’s problems. It hasn’t, explained Gail Wilensky, who delivered the 2012 Mark McKenna Lecture. Wilensky, a senior fellow at Project HOPE and a former administrator of what is now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spoke about the significant problems that the Affordable Care Act doesn’t solve and what needs to be done to solve them now.

Eugene Schneller has been at the lead of research initiatives concerning the emergence of supply chain management in healthcare organizations. Recently Schneller talked with KnowWPCarey about the ways supply chain management can positively impact the revenue cycle and how healthcare reform is driving change. The Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium (HSRC-ASU) is a research group within the department of supply chain management at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Quint Studer is CEO of the Studer Group, a health care consulting firm and recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Studer was the inaugural speaker at the Mark McKenna Lecture in Health Sector Supply Chain at W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University on May 4, 2011. Studer provided practical ideas to maximize individual and organizational potential.

For government and business, providers and patients, the U.S. health reform legislation promises a new world of costs and care. Most individuals without insurance will be able to get it. Those who have insurance already will probably have to pay more for it. Hospitals, doctors, and others in the front lines of health care will begin to change long established ways of doing business. State governments and many businesses will face new costs and possibly some benefits. But beyond these generalizations, little is certain about what health care reform will mean in Arizona and across the country. Experts at the School of Health Management and Policy at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business examine the impact of the legislation on hospitals, doctors, businesses, states and insurers. This story was prepared in partnership with Arizona Business Magazine.