ing Collaborative develop a framework for ongoing assessment of the efficacy of these reimbursement experiments with respect to increasing value?

  • What specific actions could be taken to reduce healthcare costs and increase value? What incentives are needed to encourage those actions?
  • What incentives, financial or otherwise, are needed to encourage providers to place greater emphasis on engaging patients in their care?

As these issues are considered, it is important to note that the focus of the workshop was ultimately for and about the patient. Addressing these specific issues will help to move the health system toward one that provides the right care to the right person at the right time and for the right price. There is an opportunity to reach this ideal, but it will take commitment from all stakeholders, leadership, and diligence to reach a health system where patients are able to chart their own course.


Ad Hoc Committee on Health Literacy for the Council on Scientific Affairs, A.M.A., 1999. Health literacy. Journal of the American Medical Association 281(6):552-557.

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