Bucket List for Healthcare Reform

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

There are four major buckets of health reform activity, including a foundation in information technology, a platform of comparative effectiveness in evidence-based medicine, a refocus toward primary care and the coordination of care through that primary care provider, and a mechanism to increase the consumers’ share of financial responsibility for their healthcare decisions, according to Paul Keckley, Ph.D., executive director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, who outlined reform for us during last month’s HIN webinar, Healthcare Trends in 2009: A Mid-Year Financial and Legislative Update.

In this week’s Healthcare Weekly Business Update, you’ll see the federal government and the industry moving toward these initiatives even as Congress begins to shape health reform bills. The federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research last week released recommendations on how HHS should spend the allotted $400 million for comparative effectiveness research. Recommendations were also released by the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology on the development of certifications for long-term and post-acute care EHRs. Lastly, you’ll also read about provider reimbursement options that exist for care coordination under the medical home model of care.

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