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Seeking Value In Health Care

February 2nd, 2009

With the U.S. tab for health care approaching one dollar out of every five, a key question on the health reform agenda is how to achieve value in health care. Jeanne Lambrew, the new deputy director of the White House Office on Health Reform, spoke this morning to nearly 800 health policy wonks at the National Health Policy Conference about the importance of comparative effectiveness research and remarked on studies showing lower comparative quality for U.S. health care across a range of measures [Webcast available tomorrow]. As American Prospect blogger Ezra Klein commented in his post from the conference, “Our health system isn’t only a moral disgrace. It’s also a bad value.”

Last week, Health Affairs published a set of 11 papers on “value in health care,” that delve into such topics as: efficiencymeasurement; the influence of the payment system; building organizational capacity; payment reform options; costs and benefits of health IT; the consumer-driven health care movement; accountability for quality; and more. All papers are free access online through February 9.

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  1. m.chee Says:

    Agreed Dan, part of the problem is that insurance companies have entirely too much influence over how/when/if medical practitioners are allowed to implement certain procedures. Take a look at this article that reveals some interesting new facts about the issue ( All of this obviously has a major effect on quality outcomes. Check out this website ( FAIR is an emerging national grassroots movement focused on changing the debate about health care costs and holding managed care companies responsible for their behavior. Become a member and fight back.

  2. danwalter Says:

    How about when the doc scerews up, HE/SHE has to pay for it!.

    My wife went to Johns Hopkins for a $1,500. procedure. They botched the job and it wound up costing about $200k. MAMSi didn’t blink. Just paid, and now Medicare is pickup the tab for a lifetime of disability.

    Google “Adventures in Cardiology” to read the story.

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