Report: States can transform health care system

January 8th, 2014 by Kristy Schantz in Health /

The nation's governors and other state leaders can transform the current health care system into one that is more coordinated, patient-centered, of higher quality and less costly, according to a new report. The report by the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, organized by the University of Virginia's Miller Center, aims to jump start health care cost containment in 2014 as 46 state legislative sessions get under way.

"Cracking the Code on Health Care Costs" can be found here.

The commission will release the report today at noon at the National Press Club in Washington. The news conference was to be followed at 2 p.m. with a roundtable discussion on federal and state roles in cost containment, co-hosted by the Miller Center and U.Va.'s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

The commission is co-chaired by Mike Leavitt, former U.S. secretary of health and human services and governor of Utah, and Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado. Its members represent all key sectors of the health care community and include health insurance, hospital and physician group CEOs as well as representatives of the major purchasers of health care, such as Medicare, Medicaid, the private sector and consumers.

"Lost in much of the debate over health care is the surprising number of policy levers available to state governments to transform the current fee-for-service into one that delivers substantially more value to patients," Leavitt said.

The report says solutions must be tailored to the unique health care markets and cultures of individual . The U.S. is now in a period of health care experimentation, and states are very adaptable at quickly modifying programs to ensure that they work – as they did with clean air, welfare and education reforms, the report says.

"It is imperative for state leaders to seize this opportunity," Ritter said. "Health care costs have escalated to the point where they are severely impacting family incomes and forcing cuts to federal and state education and infrastructure budgets."

The report contains these recommendations for states:

More information: Read the full report: web1.millercenter.org/commissi… ommission-Report.pdf

Provided by University of Virginia

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