“Thank you for inviting a doctor to talk to financial people.” That’s how Atul Gawande, M.D. opened his June 23 keynote address at the HFMA Annual National Institute in Las Vegas, where he stressed that clinical and healthcare financial professionals don’t talk to each other and need to.

Despite political battles, the Affordable Care Act is law and has settled the debate over whether people deserve healthcare, said Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, physician IT champion and best-selling author. Fights continue over how to provide care, but the moral decision that people have a right to healthcare insurance coverage has been made, he asserted.

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