National Academy of Medicine

Continuous Adoption of Best Practices: The New Normal

The health care field is filled with committed and passionate professionals from all disciplines delivering and improving patient c
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Surgical Complexity Initiative

A basic aim of effective and efficient health care is ensuring the right match between the patient’s condition and the setting for the patient’s care. Wi
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Controlling Costs: A Distinction and Our Choice

Amidst the politicized and polarized debate on health care policy, it is encouraging to know that the goal of this discussion remains unc
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Taking Aim at the Right Targets

Despite past efforts to improve patient safety—and there has been effort and activity aplenty—routine safety processes continue to fail routinely. Poor
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Innovating to Improve Care and Manage Costs

The challenging economics of health care require today’s innovators to demonstrate value against a number of criteria, including access to c
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Free Employee Flu Shots Pay Prevention Dividends

As is the case every year, millions of Americans will contract influenza this flu season, and thousands will die. During the 2009–10 se
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Walking Our Way to Better Health

We are spending 2.8 trillion dollars each year in the United States on health care—far more than any other country in the world. Interestingly, more th
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Benefit Design Should Reflect Value

In 1965, when Medicare was enacted, spending for prescription drugs was less than $4 billion—so low that no one thought to include a drug benefit as
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