National Academy of Medicine

Value-Based Care: Learnings to Shape the Future of Health Care

By Scott P. Serota
December 06, 2013 | Commentary

As health plans, hospitals, doctors, and others work together to transform U.S health care into a system that delivers greater value to all Americans, we are increasingly partnering to design and implement new models of care that yield consistently higher quality while stemming costs. As we do, it is vital to identify and share what we have learned about what works so we can inform future innovations and accelerate nationwide adoption.

Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies (Blue Plans) have more than 350 value-based programs in place in 49 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Through our provider partners, these pro-grams deliver care to more than 24 million Americans and impact almost 20 percent of Blue Plans’ health care spending.

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