MPTF Leads Healthcare Dialogue

June 11, 2013

Since MPTF is providing primary healthcare annually to 60,000 industry members and their families, along with ancillary services like radiology, laboratory, outpatient surgery, and physical therapy, we find ourselves in the maelstrom of change being driven by the Affordable Care Act and other major structural dynamics in the healthcare industry. Like others in the nation, we are struggling to make sense of the immediate and long-term adjustments we’ll have to make as a healthcare provider and also as an employer of over 700 individuals.

To try to make sense of these changes in our own entertainment industry, MPTF organized the Entertainment Industry Healthcare Summit 2013: Exploring Opportunities in the Changing Environment, the first event of its kind, and on Thursday, May 30th assembled over 120 industry professionals to listen, learn, and discuss. We were incredibly fortunate to attract two keynote speakers of national prominence and 12 panelists (4 each for 3 different panels), all of whom kept us enthralled and engaged for 8 hours. It was truly an amazing day, exceeding our expectations as well as the expectations of our attendees, and a great way to kick off a conversation that will be ongoing for the next several years. MPTF’s critical role as a “convener” of the many parties involved in the entertainment industry’s healthcare was clearly evident in the energy and excitement in the room and the many thank-you’s we received afterwards.

No surprise to any of you, the healthcare system in the US is broken. Per capita healthcare costs are nearly twice as much as in other developed countries and in most quality measurements – infant mortality, life expectancy, obesity, per capita pharmacy spending, average length of stay in hospitals, and percentage of Gross Domestic Product spent on healthcare – we (the US) rank at or near the bottom. In other words, we’re spending more and clearly not getting very good value. What we can do over the next few years and then over the next few decades to turn this around is the puzzle we’re all trying to solve.

What was revealed by the Healthcare Summit is that many of the elements prescribed by the speakers and panelists for future success in providing healthcare to a community are activities MPTF is already engaged in: a patient-centered medical home (we are seeking certification by the end of 2013), where patient engagement in his/her own health care is critical and MPTF becomes the coordinator among various healthcare providers; Palliative Care, a program that has been in the MPTF service set for over 5 years, where we are providing a multidisciplinary team of physician, nurse practitioner, social worker, activities coordinator, and chaplaincy to help industry members navigate through the medical, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial impacts of a serious diagnosis; and healthy lifestyle, which MPTF has been engaged in both for our employees and industry members for many years, including the Saban Health and Wellness Center on our Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills. It’s clear, and some of our speakers who were just being introduced to MPTF for the first time commented on this, that MPTF is in many ways a national model for a progressive care continuum that others can learn much from. We should all be proud of what we’ve achieved!

For more information about the MPTF Entertainment Industry Healthcare Summit, visit our website. And stay tuned as we continue to lead the industry in a meaningful discussion of these issues and how they impact our future.

About Bob Beitcher

Bob Beitcher is the President and CEO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. He has been a senior executive in the entertainment industry for 30 years, having held leadership roles at Jim Henson Productions, Paramount Pictures, Panavision and MacAndrews & Forbes Media Group. Bob has been an MPTF board member since 2007. He became interim CEO in 2010 and was named permanent CEO in 2011.

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