Commentary

Taking Aim at the Right Targets

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 hand hygiene remains a major vector of health care-associated infection. Medication errors lead to adverse drug...
Taking Aim at the Right Targets

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 and discussion papers—both of which offer observations and opinions of leading experts on developments in...
Walking Our Way to Better Health

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 than 75 percent of that sum is going toward chronic diseases. Chronic conditions can actually be prevented....
Taking Aim at the Right Targets

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 part of Medicare. By 2003, the cost and importance of drug therapy was so high that Medicare Part D was enacted. Drug...

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