Concern about the state of the American health care system has reached a slow boil. Health care ranks consistently among the top three issues that the American public wants policy makers to address. And it is increasingly intertwined with growing worries about economic insecurity. While much of the discussion of health reform has focused on the issues of coverage and cost, quality improvement has been neglected.
This book, produced in partnership between the Center for American Progress and the Institute on Medicine as a Profession, aims to remedy this lack by offering a blueprint for reforming the health care delivery system. It offers recommendations and pathways to systemically promote efficiency, quality, patient-centeredness, and other characteristics of a high-performing health system. Its blueprint includes a vision for how different parts of the system should be structured and function. It also proposes specific policies that the next administration and Congress could adopt to set change in motion over the next five years.
The chapters are written by partnerships between some of the best thinkers on health delivery reform and policy practitioners, producing a usable set of ideas for health system delivery reform. These scholars and experts together have extensive experience in the health policy development and implementation arenas, and many have served on Capitol Hill.
The signs are good that health reform could happen in the near future. Both presidential candidates have proposals to reform the health care system, demonstrating the political ripeness of the issue. When the opportunity presents itself, it will be essential to be ready with grounded policies that are more than patches and can serve as pathways toward the high-performing health system that is not just possible, but essential, to better health and a prospering economy.
Introductions and Overview:
John Podesta, Center for American Progress
David Rothman, Institute on Medicine as a Profession
Bob Berenson, Urban Institute
David Blumenthal, Institute for Health Policy and Physician
Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Ways and Means Committee
Karen Davenport, Center for American Progress
Paul Ginsburg, Center for Studying Health System Change
Katherine Hayes, Jennings Policy Strategies, Inc.
Judy Hibbard, University of Oregon
Discussion Moderated by:
Jeanne Lambrew, Center for American Progress
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