National Academy of Medicine

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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IOM Announces Perspectives

I am pleased to introduce Perspectives, a new category of written products from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Perspectives comprise two forms—commentaries
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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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