Russ Montgomery, PhD, MHS, a project director at Discern Health, recently attended a Population Health Conference in Bern, Switzerland. The focus of this conference was to identify transatlantic partnerships on high-priority health policy topics between the United States and Switzerland. During the conference, Russ presented an overview of US health care payment models in a session on payment reform and moderated sessions on public health prevention policies and data infrastructure.
The US delegation was led by Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, the associate dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Other US representatives included several faculty members from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School, where Montgomery serves as a part-time faculty member, and David Horrocks, the president and CEO of Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), the health information exchange in Maryland. The Swiss delegation included senior governmental officials, faculty members from the University of Bern, and representatives from Swiss hospitals.