Quality, Cost, and Value

Our goal: Encourage, empower, and enable health care delivery systems to provide truly value-based care that ensures the best health care. We strive to call out and address disparities in health and health care wherever they exist. More >>

In the Spotlight

Every Health Care Organization Needs a Data Science Strategy
As more data becomes available, hospitals and health care systems need to figure out how to capture and utilize it effectively to improve care, reduce costs, and expand access. This NEJM Catalyst article suggests that “a data science strategy represents one of the cornerstones of better care, as well as greater operational efficiency and, eventually, more effective approaches to population health.”

What Can We Learn from Oregon’s Health Reform Efforts?
Oregon has pioneered both health insurance reform and delivery reform, expanding access to health care while also implementing measures to help control costs. On a recent IHI Leadership Alliance webinar, former Oregon governor Dr. John Kitzhaber described his state’s efforts to health care control costs, expand access to Medicaid, and spark innovation.

The “New Normal” in Health Care: Bundled Payments Put Patients at the Center
The US fee-for-service model is built around volume of services provided, rather than value to the system or the patient. This IHI Blog post discusses how the “new normal” for reimbursement is shifting to bundled payments, which puts patients at the center. Identifying opportunities to develop a patient-centered, value-based system are essential to a bundled payment program that benefits patients, providers, and families.

Should Medicare Value-Based Purchasing Take Social Risk into Account?
Caring for patients with social risk factors may cost more and make it more difficult to achieve high performance on quality metrics, which is a concern for some as health care transitions into value-based payment models. This NEJM Catalyst articles outlines strategies for monitoring quality of care for socially at-risk patients and providing incentives to reduce disparities in care.

 

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