Bending the Curve Through Health Reform Implementation

Published In: American Journal of Managed Care, v. 16, no. 11, Nov. 2010, p. 804-812

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2010

by Joseph Antos, John Bertko, Michael E. Chernew, David M. Cutler, Francois de Brantes, Dana P. Goldman, Bob Kocher, Mark B. McClellan, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Mark V. Pauly, Leonard Schaeffer, Stephen M. Shortell

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This article focuses on three concrete objectives to be reached within the next five years to achieve savings while improving quality across the health system: 1. Speed payment reforms away from traditional volume-based payment systems so that most health payments in this country align better with quality and efficiency. 2. Implement health insurance exchanges and other insurance reforms in ways that assure most Americans are rewarded with substantial savings when they choose plans that offer higher quality care at lower premiums. 3. Reform coverage so that most Americans can save money and obtain other meaningful benefits when they make decisions that improve their health and reduce costs.

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