What We
Are Doing

The mission of the Peterson Center on Healthcare is to transform U.S. healthcare into a high-performance system by finding proven solutions that improve quality and lower costs, and accelerating their adoption on a national scale. We collaborate with key thought leaders and stakeholders across the healthcare industry, including providers, payers, employers, and patient groups.

Monitoring the Performance of the U.S. Healthcare System

Kaiser Family Foundation

It is said that one cannot improve what one does not measure. To this end, we have launched an initiative with Kaiser Family Foundation to monitor how the healthcare system is performing in quality and cost. The Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker provides clear, up-to-date information on trends, drivers, and issues that impact the system. The Tracker also illustrates how the U.S. is performing relative to other countries and how different parts of the system are performing relative to one another.

Learning and analysis from the Center’s initiative with the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation will be published through the Tracker.

This initiative will look to analyze drivers of U.S. healthcare spending in order to forecast future spending trends. The project will explore the various factors that have historically impacted healthcare spending, providing analysis that can guide future policies aimed at moderating the trajectory of healthcare spending and improving outcomes.

Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker


Finding and Accelerating Innovation in U.S. Healthcare

There are many healthcare providers across the country who already consistently deliver high quality healthcare at lower cost. A key aspect of our work is to find existing solutions through systematic analysis. We then rigorously validate and verify that those solutions are improving quality and lowering costs. Our work focuses on three areas:

  • Providers: From primary care to hospitals to specialty care, excellent providers are finding ways to improve quality and lower costs. We are partnering with Stanford University's Clinical Excellence Research Center, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Bipartisan Policy Center to identify what works, and help more providers adopt these solutions.
  • Payers and Health Plans: When patients have more information about quality and costs, they make better decisions about their own care. Some insurers are prompting better choices through innovative re-design of benefits and health plans. Others are finding more productive management-labor partnerships that streamline information flow, and lower administration costs. We work with payers, employers, and patient groups to identify innovative benefit and health management solutions that improve quality and lower costs.
  • State-Level Systems: States are well-positioned to develop and implement new ideas for improving quality while lowering costs. Through public-private partnerships, we capture the best of what is working at the state-level. We completed a project with the National Governor’s Association and the National Academy of Medicine, who released an online resource to promote knowledge-sharing and spark improvement around the country.

 

Monitoring Healthcare Performance

The Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker provides data and analyses on how the U.S. healthcare system performs across the nation and relative to other countries.

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Transforming Primary Care

The Center’s mission is to identify and validate models of care that improve quality at significantly lower cost and reduce the amount of time it takes to spread these models through the healthcare system. Our entry into healthcare transformation is also the entry point for many Americans into the healthcare system: primary care.

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Improving Data Usability and Transparency

We are collaborating with the National Quality Forum to create a roadmap for making health data and analytics more readily available to support health systems improvement.

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Improving Healthcare for High-Need Patients

Americans deserve a healthcare system that provides high-quality care at a reasonable cost. The current system is failing many people, but especially those who have the greatest health needs and the fewest resources to pay for it.

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Fostering Patient Engagement

Health outcomes, cost of care, patient experience and clinician satisfaction are all important indicators of whether the healthcare system is performing well, and we believe that OpenNotes can improve the system on all those measures.

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Providing Best Practices and Tools to States

The National Governors Association and the National Academy of Medicine, funded by the Center, identified promising state-based innovations that can potentially be replicated. The three organizations released an online resource to highlight those opportunities for healthcare improvement.

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