Princeton University professor and healthcare economist Uwe Reinhardt will lead New Jerseys newly formed Commission on Rationalizing Health Care Resources. The 11-member commission is charged with ensuring that the states health system is efficiently configured to provide high quality, affordable and accessible care. Among other functions, the panel will assess the financial and operating condition of New Jerseys hospitals and analyze the characteristics of the most financially distressed facilities. The commission was ordered to issue a written report of its findings and recommendations no later than June 1, 2007. We need to take a thoughtful look at whether all our hospitals are necessary, whether they are suitably located to meet healthcare needs, and whether state funding is being spent efficiently and properly, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said when he created the commission earlier this month. Reinhardt has taught at Princeton since 1968 and has been a member of the Institute of Medicine since 1978. He is a senior associate of the Judge Institute for Management of Cambridge University and a trustee of Duke University and Duke University Health System. -- by Cinda Becker
Reinhardt to lead N.J. health panel
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