Amidst Chaotic Healthcare Environment, WIPHL September Symposium on BSI Strikes a Chord

By Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH

With only one month before enrollment opens for new exchanges and four months before new requirements for health plans take effect, most of us are wondering how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is going to come together.  Although polls show a wide range of opinion about the ACA and its implementation, almost everyone agrees that U.S. healthcare must be more effective and cost-efficient.  Indeed, a Gallup poll earlier this year found that 81% of Americans personally worry either “a fair amount” or a “great deal” about the availability and affordability of healthcare.

Within the healthcare industry, many individuals are concerned about how cuts will affect their sectors and yet few dispute our collective need to work toward the triple aim. That’s improving health outcomes, enhancing patients’ experience of healthcare, and controlling healthcare costs.

Perhaps that’s why nearly 150 people in Wisconsin have already registered for WIPHL’s September Symposium on Behavioral Screening and Intervention (BSI), which is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

Our goals for the symposium are:

  • To disseminate information on how administering systematic BSI would arguably be the largest step a clinic or hospital could take toward the triple aim;
  • To highlight progress in Wisconsin and other states toward spreading BSI;
  • To identify barriers to further spread; and
  • To generate strategies and enthusiasm for overcoming those barriers.

Our keynote speaker, John Torinus, author of the new book “Opt Out of Obamacare, Opt Into the Private Health Care Revolution,” will describe why large and medium-sized corporations are increasingly voting with their feet to leave the mainstream U.S. healthcare system and what it would take for them to return.

During our free, day-long Symposium, I’ll review the need for BSI, its contribution toward the triple aim, WIPHL’s successful model of BSI delivery, and where BSI stands in Wisconsin.  In addition, Mia Croyle, WIPHL’s Director of Development, will facilitate a panel discussion among diverse healthcare professionals whose clinics are systematically and successfully delivering BSI.

Additional sessions will include more discussion on BSI delivery models, BSI-related policy issues, employers’ perspectives on BSI, coding and reimbursement and how BSI is linked with cardiovascular prevention, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), educational settings, and mental health disorders.  Speakers from across the United States will add a national outlook as well.

The day will be full of opportunities for discussion, networking and planning next steps for dissemination of BSI.  We’re fortunate our current grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality allows for registration, lunch and refreshments at absolutely no cost to participants.

If you’ve already registered, we look forward to seeing you, and feel free to invite others.  If you haven’t, please register here.

For more information, refer to our Symposium agenda packet or email any questions and comments to

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