ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- So what's the next step for DMC in Rochester?
Prior to Gov. Mark Dayton's visit to Rochester Wednesday, KTTC's Tom Overlie spent some time with Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy.
He said now is the time to secure Mayo Clinic, Rochester and Minnesota's status as a global destination in the competitive world of health care. He said people are enthusiastic about DMC, but also have questions about how it might transform our community. He said answering those questions is an ongoing process.
And even though state lawmakers passed DMC legislation in record time, it won't mean we'll be seeing changes in record time.
"What this does is give us an opportunity to plan and to get input from folks and look at what is the right next step," Dr. Noseworthy said. "So that we can be thoughtful, and respectful and do this in a disciplined way so that we all benefit from this."
Dr. Noseworthy said there are questions about growing too big, too rapidly. But he says leaders here are committed to doing what's right for Rochester and Olmsted County. He said he has raised his family here, has lived here for nearly a quarter century, and he, more than anyone, wants to make sure DMC unfolds the right way.
"I know we'll get this right. Because we've built a coalition, we've engaged citizens. And we'll be respectful of each other's needs. And there's compromise all along the way, and Mayo Clinic certainly learned this so...it'll be good. It'll be good," Noseworthy said.
With all the promise of Destination Medical Center for Rochester, there still is a dark cloud looming for health care in general. And that's the federal budget sequestration cuts in Medicare payments.
Dr. Noseworthy said it will have an impact on the future of health care. He said that's about $50 million Mayo won't have this year. It will have an impact not only on Medicare payments, but education funding and research at Mayo.
Dr. Noseworthy said it's being managed through efficiency and scale.
"But, what's right around the corner is the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and the changes in the industry that we believe will reduce the payments to us for our work by up to 40 percent in the next five years," Noseworthy said.
So what's the solution?
Dr. Noseworthy said Mayo Clinic has slowed the rate of hiring new people in the short term, but is still hiring in some sectors. He said in the last year, there have been changes to become more efficient.
"The early indication is we are turning ourselves to be ready for the Affordable Care Act and reduced Medicare reimbursement. We have a lot more work to do, but we also have sixty thousand people who say "I get it" we're not going to change who we are, but how we work. And it will benefit the patient," Noseworthy said.
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