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IOM Urges 10 Major Healthcare Fixes

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2012

4. Involve patients and families in decisions regarding healthcare tailored to fit their preferences.

Patients and their families should expect to fully participate in their own care, and clinicians should use informed share decision-making tools. Federal agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, should promote and measure patient-centered care through payment models, contracting policies and public reporting programs.

5. Promote community-clinical partnerships and services aimed at managing and improving health at the community level.

Public and private payers should incorporate population health improvement efforts into payment and contracting policies, and measure accountability.

6. Improve coordination and communication within and across organizations.

Health economists, researchers, professional specialty societies should develop and test metrics to monitor care transitions to make sure they improve patient outcomes.

7. Continuously improve health care operations to reduce waste, streamline care delivery and focus on activities that improve patient health.

CMS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, quality improvement organizations and improvement leaders should develop a learning consortium that improves effectiveness and efficiency of care. Additionally, organizations should find methods to remove unnecessary burdens on clinicians and staff.

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2 comments on "IOM Urges 10 Major Healthcare Fixes"


Joleen Chambers (9/15/2012 at 9:52 AM)
The #1 expenditure of Medicare is joint replacement. July 29, 2011 the IOM reported that the FDA 510(k) method of approving these implanted medical devices should be scrapped because it failed the mission of assuring devices are safe and effective. Thousands of Americans are living in medical and legal purgatory. Profit is privatized but the patient harm byproduct is a drag on our country's prosperity and a national shame. Congess and our judicial system must arm consumers with public health information and consumer protections/civil rights to stand up to a powerful and aggressive industry.

Tyco Brahe (9/12/2012 at 11:24 AM)
Many of these very recommendations are contained within Healthcare Reform. It's terrible that politics gets in the way of improving our heathcare system. All we hear is "Obamacare is bad!" but there's no real discussion of all the valuable points within it.