Learn how patients and health care providers can team up to ensure better health care for consumers at a lower cost and in a timely manner.
Comprehensive care coordination promises to be a key strategy in new care delivery models that aim to improve patient health and reduce waste in the health care system. The Affordable Care Act has made it easier for states to address our country’s rising health care costs by investing in care coordination. States can now design and test new models of care delivery and payment that improve health outcomes and patient experience while also reducing health care spending.
Explains how accountable care organizations give financial incentives to health care providers to work as a team to deliver high-quality care;discusses challenges states face when implementing ACOs in Medicaid.
Lays out options for states determining benefit packages (called Alternative Benefit Plans) for those who are newly eligible for Medicaid, including key factors states should consider when designing these benefits.
As full implementation of the Affordable Care Act takes shape this fall, many Americans still wonder how the health care law will affect them. Help us spread the word that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and that new affordable health coverage options will be available starting on October 1. Check out this recent guest article featured in USA Today to learn more about the many benefits the law has to offer.
Learn about two types of health insurance models that insurers are implementing to encourage consumers to take a more active role in their health, and find out which model is more effective and why.
Explains value-based insurance design and high-value care, outlines the key elements that value-based insurance should include.
Doctors and Drug Company Dollars: How Recent Strides toward Transparency in Financial Relationships Will Benefit Consumers
GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, made a bold announcement this week: It's going to stop paying doctors to promote its drugs. In an industry that has long relied on physicians to spread the word to their colleagues about new medicines (and has compensated them handsomely for doing so), this marks what many hope is the beginning of a major change in the culture of medicine and the marketing of drugs.
Getting the Right Care at the Right Time: Why Consumers Should Care About Health System Transformation
Consumers rely on doctors to employ best practices in the delivery of health care. Whether it’s offering advice on which preventive screenings are necessary or diagnosing a life-threatening illness, we trust that our physicians base the way they deliver care on evidence.
That’s why many are surprised to learn that medicine is more an art than a science. As one frequently cited study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found, evidenced-based care is delivered only half of the time.
Live updates from day 2 of Health Action 2014.