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National Business Coalition on Health Issues Value-Based Purchasing Report at 5th Annual World Health Care Congress
Date:4/21/2008

Publication features testimonials from many of health care's most influential leaders

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), a nonprofit, membership association of 60 business and health coalitions, representing a national network of 7,000 employers and 34 million covered lives, today released its report on value-based purchasing at the Fifth Annual World Health Care Congress. VOICES OF VALUE-BASED PURCHASING is both a retrospective on the accomplishments and continuing challenges for value-based purchasing, and a look ahead for the future of the American health care system.

"The report features testimonials of key stakeholders -- including employers, consumers, health plans, hospitals and physicians -- agreeing that value-based purchasing is a critical strategy for national health reform," said Andrew Webber, president and CEO of NBCH. "The challenge moving forward is how to take this growing leadership consensus and put it into action to establish a health care system built on value, with a clear return for every dollar spent."

The report includes more than 20 personal testimonials from some of health care's most influential leaders and is publicly available at NBCH's Web site: http://www.nbch.org/documents/voices.pdf.

"The cost of health care is an impediment to covering everyone in the United States," said Margaret O'Kane, president, National Committee for Quality Assurance. "When we deal with cost issues by scaling back coverage, we are not meeting these issues head-on. The idea of value-based purchasing is critical to moving forward toward the ultimate goal of providing coverage for everyone."

Pillars of value-based purchasing

NBCH and its membership of employer-based health coalitions have been advocates for a health care system built on the principles of value-based purchasing. The key
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