Dr. Karen Davis on “Smarter Ways to Pay for Healthcare”

by Rebecca Farley on August 25, 2011

As the ongoing debate over reducing federal spending has shown us, health care spending will be a target of efforts to cut the federal deficit, this fall and well into the future.

The Alliance for Health Reform has released a new video featuring Dr. Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, discussing smarter ways to pay for healthcare.

The best way to reduce unnecessary spending, Dr. Davis says, is to make sure everyone gets the right care, using new provider payment mechanisms such as bundled payment and value-based purchasing. In this video, Dr. Davis describes some of these payment reforms and lays out the case for greater use of comparative effectiveness research to learn “what really works.”

The video is part of a series produced by the Alliance and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To suggest questions that you would like to have answered in this series, please send an email to BillErwin@allhealth.org.


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