This Viewpoint proposes a new Affordability Index measure, the ratio of the mean cost of an employer-sponsored family health insurance policy divided by median household income, to describe US families’ ability to pay for health care.
In this Special Communication, the president of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) and colleagues describe the findings of NAM’s 2016 Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative, which convened experts and opinion leaders to identify infrastructure and policy priorities essential to improving health and health care in the United States.
With increasing consolidation of US physician practices and hospitals into health care systems, this Viewpoint discusses the negative effects on quality of patient care and health care costs, and it proposes potential solutions.
This Viewpoint emphasizes the contribution of capital spending to escalating health care costs, and argues for improved understanding of the ways capital spending planning and investment can deliver important gains in health care value and population health.
This study compares health care costs and outcomes for patients with joint replacement or sepsis before and after implementation of a value-drive outcomes program designed to give physicians information about clinical outcomes, costs, and variation.
This cohort study uses Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project data to compare mortality and health services use among patients hospitalized during an initial emergency department (ED) visit vs those discharged from the ED and hospitalized during a second unscheduled visit.
Gray and coauthors measure associations between American Board of Internal Medicine’s original Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirement and outcomes of care.
This Viewpoint discusses ethical issues related to use of price displays for physicians to help contain US health care costs.
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