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Health Policy Program

Improving Value and Controlling Costs

No health reform proposal will be sustainable over time without serious efforts to improve value and control costs. We believe the new health reform law takes meaningful steps toward bending the cost curve and improving health care quality, and are glad to see reform adopt principles congruent to those listed here. We can control cost growth and enhance quality through a three-pronged approach.

1. Establish an electronic health information system to streamline health care delivery, increase transparency, and use data to create decision support tools

2. Produce more information about what treatments work and do not work in our health system

3. Create incentives for patients and providers to make high-value diagnostic and treatment choices

Required Reading

The Case for Health Reform
Policy Paper
February 20, 2009

Health Care Quality:
A Reform Issue for Every American

September 19, 2008

Hill-Baylor Case Studies:
Profiles of High-Performing
Health Care Systems

Commonwealth Fund
March 25, 2009

Making Medicare Sustainable
Policy Paper
March 19, 2009

Health CEOs for Health Reform
Health Policy Program Special Project

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