Improving Efficiency and Value in Health Care
Sponsored by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Gaps in quality, safety, equity, and access characterize our health care system. At the same time, rising health care costs affect employers and payers as well as patients and hospitals and health systems. Policymakers, private payers, and system leaders are looking for ways to reduce waste, increase the efficiency of health care delivery, and allocate resources to improve value in health care. And patients—the consumers—want to maximize the value of their own health care dollar.
Changing the way we deliver health care will require process redesigns that improve quality and limit cost growth at the same time, thereby making health care more efficient.
Much of the current discussion on efficiency focuses on how to measure it. HSR's theme issue on Improving Efficiency and Value in Health Care seeks to move beyond measurement to improvement—that is, reducing unnecessary cost and waste while at the same time maintaining or improving quality.
Table of Contents
Improving Efficiency and Value in Health Care: Introduction
Irene Fraser, William Encinosa, Sherry Glied
Examining Quality Improvement Programs: The Case of Minnesota Hospitals
John R. Olson, James A. Belohlav, Lori S. Cook, Julie M. Hays
Front-Line Staff Perspectives on Opportunities for Improving the Safety and Efficiency of Hospital Work Systems
Anita L. Tucker, Sara J. Singer, Jennifer E. Hayes, Alyson Falwell
Hospital Quality, Efficiency, and Input Slack Differentials
Vivian G. Valdmanis, Michael D. Rosko, Ryan L. Mutter
Steering Patients to Safer Hospitals? The Effect of a Tiered Hospital Network on Hospital Admissions
Dennis P. Scanlon, Richard C. Lindrooth, Jon B. Christianson
Specialty and Full-Service Hospitals: A Comparative Cost Analysis
Kathleen Carey, James F. Burgess Jr., Gary J. Young
Access Intervention in an Integrated, Prepaid Group Practice: Effects on Primary Care Physician Productivity
Douglas Conrad, Paul Fishman, David Grembowski, James Ralston, Robert Reid, Diane Martin, Eric Larson, Melissa Anderson
Impact of Physician Assistant Care on Office Visit Resource Use in the United States
Perri A. Morgan, Nilay D. Shah, Jay S. Kaufman, Mark A. Albanese
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