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  • The CDC has declared adolescent vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) one of the top five public health priorities of 2014. Last month the President's Cancer Council also issued an urgent call to action to improve HPV vaccination rates.

  • Evidence has consistently shown that hospital consolidations are associated with higher prices, but preventing anti-competitive mergers has proven difficult.

  • For decades steady increases in lifestyle-related illnesses have affected our quality of life and our bottom line. With more than half of Americans now facing at least one chronic disease, the status quo is no longer acceptable. 

  • Health care is a uniquely challenging consumer experience: it can be complex and expensive but also vital and deeply personal. It’s no wonder that consumers are looking to technology to help simplify their health care choices—and businesses are increasingly meeting them with solutions.

  • Patient-centered care has at its base a very powerful concept: health care decisions should be driven by the preferences, needs and values of the patient. In this essay, Michael Millenson identifies three distinct ways of thinking about patient-centered care—ethically, economically and clinically.

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Expert Voices: Getting to Value

Dan Mendelson, President, Avalere Health and Tanisha Carino, PhD, Vice President, Avalere Health
 

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August 2008

High health care costs and recognition of the gap between high quality care and what most Americans receive has garnered support for the need to promote value in our health care system. While there may be agreement at a conceptual level as to what constitutes value, measuring and encouraging it in practice have proven difficult. Prior attempts to promote value have been hindered by a lack of appropriate data systems, an absence of shared lessons learned, and a focus on narrow components of health care. In this essay, Mendelson and Carino examine key challenges to achieving value in the U.S. health care system and review public- and private-sector attempts made to promote value. After taking stock of where we stand now, they provide a vision for a value-based health care system and outline steps necessary to attain it.

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