Coverage and Access

Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations

A Path to Accountable Care

With all the attention being paid to emerging accountable care organizations throughout the country, a California model is delivering measurable results. Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) (now Dignity Health), Hill Physicians Medical Group, and Blue Shield of California...
Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations

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. With that aim in mind, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently implemented the Surgical Complexity...
Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations

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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