By the time November’s presidential election rolls around, the availability and affordability of medical care will emerge as the American public’s “No 2 issue — right behind terrorism and national security.” In fact, the next 10 months will “crystalize our view, one way or another, on the future of the Affordable Care Act.”

That’s the prediction of David B. Nash, MD, MBA, founding dean emeritus of Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health in Philadelphia.

Nash, to be clear, is not a neutral bystander; he doesn’t claim to be. The board-certified internist has spent decades advocating fundamental changes in the way physicians practice medicine — and get paid.

Nash shares his thoughts on the state of healthcare — and his prescription for improvement — in the attached white paper, No Outcome, No Income.

More broadly, the paper examines the science of population health, which appears to be gaining traction in medical schools across the United States. Some two dozen universities now have colleges, schools, or departments dedicated to the subject — compared to one institution a decade ago.

A second attachment highlights some of the ideas that Nash shared in a just-released edition of the higher-education podcast Innovators.

If you prefer not to download attachments, you may access the documents via these links: No Outcome, No Income and Innovators: David Nash. You also can click here to listen to the Innovators podcast featuring the man many academicians view as the “father of population health.”

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