Healthcare Cost Relief is Hiding in Plain Sight

Real relief from the pain of high healthcare costs won't come from financial juggling. Rather, it will come from improving health, reducing hospital-based harm, and delivering better quality care.

3 comments on "Healthcare Cost Relief is Hiding in Plain Sight"
jerry_scherer (4/23/2011 at 11:21 AM)

It is common knowledge among healthcare industry experts that that the answer to the health quality, cost, and access conundrum involves consumer engagement and a shift in focus from healthcare to health and wellness (prevention). Health and wellness initiative supported by consumer education and technology, have demonstrated far more beneficial impact on quality and cost. Why is it that articles and actions continue to focus on traditional healthcare (treatment)?
Jaded (4/14/2011 at 10:03 AM)

Whether you are correct depends on how you define "health care costs." Improving health, reducing hospital harm and delivering better quality care might - - might - - reduce overall demand. But unless providers are willing to concede top line revenue reductions it simply means they are going to raise their unit prices to offset the decreased demand.* For the occasional health care service consumer, that means more pain, not less. Secondarily, this piece begs the question of whether a billion dollar government-industry "partnership" is really the appropriate vehicle for developing what should be basic, fundamental safety (read consumer-centric) facets of care delivery. It bodes ill that 20% of our national economy rides on an industry that is so innovation-inhibited that government cash and oversight are essential to any [INVALID]really, any[INVALID] significant developments in care delivery or finance. We are a hair's-breadth away from a directed economy, whether we want to admit it or not. * I have already heard this song from providers negotiating value-based reimbursement where demand reductions are anticipated.
Barbara Duck (4/13/2011 at 2:14 PM)

The answer lies in greater use of digital literacy a there's no great white hope with budgets, it takes collaboration and Congress becoming participants in what information can be gained. In the meantime, the technology moves to Wall Street who sees value and like I said we might as well start writing chapter 2 of Inside Job. We won't get anywhere until such methodologies occur sadly. Grassley bill is a real good example of him wanting to spend when everyone else is cutting, not a clue that IT infrastructure doesn't grow on trees.


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