Universal healthcare, coordinated patient services, better value for care and payment reform should all be central to any effort to improve the U.S. healthcare system, according to the Mayo Clinic Health Policy Center, which has announced 19 recommendations for reform.
The policy center convened more than 400 providers, academics, medical industry leaders, businesspeople, insurers, political leaders and patient advocates in a series of policy forums and group events to find common ground on healthcare.
The recommendations include moving from employer-based insurance to portable individual policies, expanding pay-for-performance, and publicizing data on costs, outcomes and patient satisfaction.
The policy center, launched two years ago, will distribute the recommendations to members of Congress and others involved in healthcare reform. This fall and winter, the center will conduct focus groups and a national survey to glean opinions from consumers on changing healthcare.
Were either going to solve this together, or its not going to get done, Donald Berwick, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a participant in the policy centers activities, said in a written statement. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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