A newly formed Washington think tankfunded by former WellPoint Chief
Executive Officer Leonard Schaeffer and lawyer-turned-philanthropist
Alfred Engelberg, among othershas tapped former CMS Administrator Mark
McClellan as its chairman.
McClellan, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution, told reporters
today that the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform would separate
itself from other think tanks by relying less on overly wonkish research
papers and instead on rallying stakeholderssuch as physician, hospital
and consumer groupsto implement changes at the point of practice. We
want progress, he said.
The center will immediately focus on four areas: improving
quality and value in healthcare; creating greater access to affordable
care; the reduction of long-term healthcare costs; and using partnerships
to ensure rapid and effective action, McClellan said.
One of the first projects will focus on ways physician payments can
better align with the quality, not quantity, of the services they perform.
For the project, the center has partnered with Elliott Fisher, director
of the Dartmouth Center for Healthcare Policy Research and Reform. The
center has also partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which
has offered $20 million to look at ways to enhance cost- and
quality-improvement programs and consumer awareness. -- by href="mailto:[email protected]">Matthew DoBias
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