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Commonwealth Fund Commission issues reform recommendations for next president
Date:11/14/2007

t coverage and not risk losing coverage when they change jobs, become widowed, or become ill.
  • ALIGNED INCENTIVES AND EFFECTIVE COST CONTROL: Slowing growing health care costs by rewarding doctors and hospitals for providing high quality, cost-effective care; moving away from fee-for-service to a model where providers share the accountability for the total care of their patients; and fix the payment disparity between primary and specialty care doctors.
  • ACCOUNTABLE COORDINATED CARE: Creating an organized health care system where doctors, hospitals and other health care services are linked together, virtually or literally, and it is easy for patients to navigate between their primary care doctor, specialist or hospital.
  • AIMING HIGHER FOR QUALITY AND EFFICIENCY: Investing in ways to help all doctors and health care systems practice evidence-based medicine and provide the highest quality care possible, and ultimately report their quality data to the public. This includes investment in health information technology like electronic medical records.
  • ACCOUNTABLE LEADERSHIP : Exploring the possibility of a national entity that would develop goals for the health care system, set national health care priorities, develop measurements for health system performance, and recommend policies and practices for achieving them.

There is no question that health care is at the top of the nations agenda in the Presidential election and will be a key issue for the next president, says Commonwealth Fund President Karen Davis. These recommendations lay out howin the next five yearswe can move closer to a health system that gives all Americans the chance to lead longer, healthier and more productive lives.

This report follows the Commissions recent publication on how best to achieve universal coverage, A Roadmap to Health Insurance for All: Principles for Reform. Over the next year, the Commission will rele
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Contact: Mary Mahon
mm@cmwf.org
212-606-3853
Commonwealth Fund
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