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Team outlines 21st century roadmap to make America the healthiest nation in the world
Date:5/5/2010

need to find ways to consistently pay for value."

"We must redesign the U.S. health care system to make it more efficient, effective and equitable for all Americans," said Blumenthal, Director, Health and Medicine Program, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and Former Assistant Surgeon General of the United States. "We need to perform C.P.R to revitalize it, with "C" for expanding coverage to all Americans, "P" for emphasizing prevention, and "R" for investing in research. This will require mobilizing every sector of American society as well as weaving health into the fabric of all Federal agencies to build a modern, 21st century U.S. health care system following passage of the reform legislation."

The report proposes a prescription of actions to modernize the U.S. health care system, moving it from peril to progress, by focusing on four key areas:

  • Re-engineering America's health care system
  • Advancing public health and prevention in the United States
  • Promoting global health and health diplomacy
  • Strengthening U.S. medical and public health research

"To really improve health and health delivery in the U.S., we must make value be the cornerstone of a re-engineered system to improve quality, minimize waste and lower costs," said Cortese. He also underscored that the keys to accomplishing this transformation include the adoption of new value-based payment methods, promoting team-based medicine, strengthening primary care, and conducting comparative effectiveness and health systems research.

"We need to shift the current incentives for medical payments towards paying for value, which means paying for results," underscored Cortese.

Another key component of transformation is building a health information technology infrastructure.

"Just as President Eisenhower built a Federal Interstate Highway System to connect communities, boost the economy and protect
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Contact: Joe Caspermeyer
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480-258-8972
Arizona State University
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