Health System Transformation
Transforming the health care system is good for America.
American spends more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other industrialized nation. This spending is unsustainable. It also hampers our ability to fund our nation’s top priorities, such as education. And it impedes our country’s ability to compete in the global economy.
High-quality health care providers use evidence to provide the best treatment to patients, who benefit from better health outcomes as a result.
People are healthier when they get the right care, in the right setting, at the right time. Health system reform changes how doctors work and how they are paid. It rewards doctors who rely on evidence to prescribe treatment rather than their individual perspective. And it eliminates the costly—often harmful—practice of paying doctors based on the volume of services they provide.
Health system reform reduces costs.
When health care professionals coordinate the care they give patients and partner with patients to make decisions, patients get better health outcomes and fewer unnecessary or harmful treatments. Health care spending goes down as well.
Families USA is working to improve the health care system for everyone.
We’re focusing on:
Payment reform: Ensuring that doctors are rewarded for high-quality, effective, evidence-based treatment
Consumer incentives: Rewarding patients for choosing high-quality health care professionals and pursuing treatments that are proven to work
Evidence generation: Building a better evidence base for treatments so that we know what works and for whom.
- Issue BriefNovember 2016
Millions of people in this country face significant barriers to obtaining the basic dental care they need to achieve good oral health. As a result, more than half of people in the U.S. go without any dental care each year, and many struggle with untreated dental disease that can have far-reaching, serious effects on their overall health.
- Short AnalysisJuly 2016
Learn how to encourage adoption of value-based insurance design (VBID) in our health insurance system. This guide explains options at both the federal and state level. Around the country, advocates working to improve the health outcomes and value that our health care system delivers are exploring ways to implement VBID.
- SlideshowJuly 2016
Public and private health insurers can design health plans to promote the use of health care services and providers that offer the best health results, at the best price. Known as value-based insurance design, this approach can improve patients’ health and promote use of high value care.
- Issue BriefJuly 2016
How States Can Fund Community Health Workers through Medicaid to Improve People’s Health, Decrease Costs, and Reduce Disparities
This brief discusses the value of community health workers (CHWs) in improving care while reducing disparities for vulnerable populations. It also walks advocates through how they can get sustainable funding for CHWs in their state.
- Fact SheetFebruary 2016
A set of principles laying out Families USA’s vision for health system transformation that achieves the triple aim of better care, lower cost, and better health. Health care stakeholders can use these to inform policy decisions.
- Fact SheetJanuary 2016
Families USA and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) have produced a new series of consumer guides to help patients and clinicians focus on which tests or treatments to choose when several reasonable options exist.
- Issue BriefSeptember 2015
The State Innovation Model (SIM) grant program gives states funding and technical assistance to design and test new ways to provide and pay for health care. This brief examines the six states that received Round 1 SIM Testing grants to identify best practices for consumer advocate engagement.
- Issue BriefJanuary 2015
Both a call to action and a roadmap for progress, Families USA’s latest report, Health Reform 2.0 lays out a path for securing high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans—regardless of income, age, race, or ethnicity—and for achieving the “Triple Aim”: improving health, enhancing quality of care, and reducing health care costs.
- Issue BriefAugust 2014
Consumers, employers, and policymakers all need greater transparency in health care pricing. Learn what federal and state policymakers can do to improve access to health care price information.
- InfographicJune 2014
Countries that spend more on health care often also have a higher life expectancy, though many other factors can contribute to variations across countries. We graphed health care spending and life expectancy for countries competing in the 2014 World Cup Group of 16 to see how these two health indicators played out.