This is the 2013 report from the Partnership for Sustainable Health Care, a group of diverse stakeholders convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop common principles and recommendations for improve quality and control costs in health care.  Members of the partnership are America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), Ascension Health, Families USA, National Coalition on Health Care, and Pacific Business Group on Health.

The partnership makes the following recommendations:

  1. Transform the current payment paradigm by transitioning away from the current fee-for-service payment system towards payment approaches that demonstrate their effectiveness in improving both quality and cost.
  2. Pay for care that is proven to work by reducing payments for services that prove to be less effective and to have weaker value than alternative therapies.
  3. Incentivize consumer engagement in care to enable consumers to make better use of their discretionary care choices.
  4. Improve and shore up America’s health care infrastructure by focusing on seven specific areas to allow for cost- and quality-related innovations.
  5. Incentivize states to partner with public and private stakeholders to transform the health care system.

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