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IOM Urges 10 Major Healthcare Fixes

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, September 7, 2012

8. Structure payment to reward continuous learning and improvement in the provision of best care at lower cost.

Public and private payers should move to outcome and value-oriented models of payment that draw on payment incentives.

9. Increase transparency on healthcare system performance

Public and private payers should promote transparency in quality, value and outcomes to aid care decisions.

10. Expand commitment to the goals of a "continuously learning" healthcare system.

Healthcare organizations should "develop organizational cultures that support and encourage continuous improvement, the use of best practices, transparency, open communication, staff empowerment, coordination, teamwork, and mutual respect and align rewards accordingly," the authors wrote.

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Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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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.