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Peterson Center on Healthcare Announces New Initiative to Support States to Monitor and Control Healthcare Spending

The Peterson Center on Healthcare announced a new $2.7 million grant to the Milbank Memorial Fund to support efforts to set and track healthcare spending targets at the state level.

Sep 15, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

How Does the Quality of the U.S. Healthcare System Compare to Other Countries?

This chart collection provides a baseline of how the U.S. already compared to similarly large and wealthy countries prior to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic—exploring a number of different metrics used to look at health outcomes, quality of care and access to services.

Aug 20, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

How Private Insurers Are Using Telehealth to Respond to the Pandemic

In this brief, we discuss how private insurance plans have taken a variety of steps to expand telemedicine uptake and access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug 6, 2020 Read More
Source: STAT

Science Alone Cannot Beat the Pandemic. We Also Need Outreach About a COVID-19 Vaccine

Americans anxiously await two key benefits that a Covid-19 vaccine will deliver: freedom from fear and a return to normal.

Jul 27, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

COVID-19 Repercussions May Outweigh Recent Gains in U.S. Health System Performance

In this brief, we look at the bigger picture of what the latest data convey about how well the U.S. health system is performing, and how the coronavirus pandemic may affect key indicators.

Jul 23, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

COVID-19 Test Prices and Payment Policy

Our analysis of what large hospitals nationwide charge for out-of-network COVID-19 tests show a wide range of publicly posted prices—from $20 to $850 for a single test.

Jul 15, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

What Impact Has the Coronavirus Pandemic Had on Healthcare Employment?

This chart collection examines where changes in healthcare employment have been concentrated and what these changes might tell us about short-term health spending.

Jun 16, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

How Have Healthcare Utilization and Spending Changed So Far During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

In this chart collection, we summarize what we know so far about how health costs and utilization have changed during the pandemic.

May 19, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

Urban and Rural Differences in Coronavirus Pandemic Preparedness

The novel coronavirus was slower to spread to rural areas in the U.S., but that appears to be changing, with new outbreaks becoming evident in less densely populated parts of the country. In this brief, we analyze variation in hospital bed capacity by region in the U.S.

Apr 22, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

How Health Costs Might Change With COVID-19

As the coronavirus spreads rapidly across the United States, private health insurers and government health programs could potentially face higher healthcare costs.

Apr 15, 2020 Read More
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

Ten Weeks to Crush the Curve

If we take these six steps to mobilize and organize the nation, we can defeat Covid-19 by early June.

Apr 1, 2020 Read More
Source: American Enterprise Institute

National Coronavirus Response: A Road Map to Reopening

This report provides a road map for navigating through the current COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

Mar 29, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

How Prepared Is the U.S. to Respond to COVID-19 Relative to Other Countries?

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has already overwhelmed the health systems of several countries and is projected to overburden the U.S. health system.

Mar 27, 2020 Read More
Source: The Hamilton Project

A Proposal to Cap Provider Prices and Price Growth in the Commercial Health-Care Market

In this proposal, Michael Chernew of Harvard Medical School, Leemore Dafny of Harvard Business School and Maximilian Pany of Harvard University discuss how price regulations could be used to constrain commercial provider prices in an efficient manner.

Mar 10, 2020 Read More
Source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

New Study: Low Back and Neck Pain Tops U.S. Health Spending

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that Americans in 2016 spent an estimated $380 billion on low back and neck pain, as well as on joint and limb pain, and other musculoskeletal disorders—the highest expenditure of any health condition.

Mar 3, 2020 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

An Examination of Surprise Medical Bills and Proposals to Protect Consumers from Them

This analysis uses claims data from large employer plans to estimate the incidence of out-of-network charges associated with hospital stays and emergency visits that could result in a surprise bill.

Feb 10, 2020 Read More
Source: Civica Rx

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Join Forces with Civica Rx to Lower Costs of Select High-Cost Generic Medications

18 BCBS companies to provide $55 million to help create a Civica subsidiary with the goal of bringing lower-cost, generic medications to individuals and families.

Jan 23, 2020 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Supports More Effective and Efficient Implementation of Health Innovations

The Peterson Center on Healthcare has announced a new initiative with Ariadne Labs to research factors that drive adoption of healthcare innovations.

Nov 18, 2019 Read More
Source: Catalyst for Payment Reform

How Can Data Analytics Support High-Value Care?

A new report from Catalyst for Payment Reform highlights key considerations for using data and analytics to support high-value healthcare purchasing strategies.

Nov 5, 2019 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Expands Partnership with Rhode Island and Brown University on Data-Driven Healthcare Transparency

The innovative project builds on the success of state-level collaboration aimed at curbing rising healthcare costs and improving delivery.

Oct 21, 2019 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

Employer Strategies to Reduce Health Costs and Improve Quality Through Network Configuration

This analysis includes an overview of strategies employers are implementing and offers a deeper understanding of the successes, barriers and trade-offs firms have experienced in their network decision-making.

Sep 25, 2019 Read More
Source: Health Quality Partners

Health Quality Partners Accelerates Adoption of High-Performance Preventive Care

Long-term randomized controlled studies show Health Quality Partners’ model of preventive care improves outcomes at lower costs for high-risk Medicare patients.

Sep 5, 2019 Read More
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Differentiating Among High‐Need Patients Helps Clarify Needs and Outcomes

A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society identifies five types of high-need patients—a first step to better understanding differences in how Medicare patients use healthcare and their outcomes.

Aug 27, 2019 Read More
Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine

Accountable Care Organizations Increasingly Emphasize Preventive Care

Research in the Journal of General Internal Medicine explores the connection between high-performing Medicare ACOs and comprehensive preventive care.

Aug 20, 2019 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

How Does Prescription Drug Spending and Use Compare Across Large Employer Plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid?

Rising drug prices affect patients’ out-of-pocket costs as well as the budgets of private and public payers. This analysis compares prescription drug spending and use in large private employer plans, Medicare Part D, and Medicaid.

May 20, 2019 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

U.S. Health System Is Performing Better, Though Still Lagging Behind Other Countries

To monitor the performance of the U.S. health system over time and in relation to other countries, our newly expanded Health System Dashboard includes a number of indicators across four domains: health spending, quality of care, access and affordability, and health and wellbeing.

Mar 29, 2019 Read More

Rhode Island Healthcare Cost Trends Project Unites Providers, Payers, Policymakers, and Consumers Around Shared Vision for Improving Healthcare Performance

Funded by the Peterson Center on Healthcare, this unique collaboration serves as a model for data-driven healthcare cost trend analysis.

Feb 6, 2019 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Announces New Initiative to Better Align Treatment with Patient Goals

The partnership with Northwestern University will foster more effective, transparent, and informed decision-making by patients, families, and care teams.

Jan 30, 2019 Read More

How ACOs Are Caring for People with Complex Needs

Dartmouth researchers analyzed survey results to better understand the evidence-based approaches ACOs use to manage care for people with complex needs.

Jan 14, 2019 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

A Generation of Healthcare in the United States: Has Value Improved in the Last 25 Years?

New analysis from the Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker shows that while many U.S. health outcomes have improved over the last 25 years, the share of GDP devoted to health increased by 40 percent, and the U.S. still lags behind other countries in many key measures.

Dec 6, 2018 Read More
Source: Better Care Playbook

Implementing the ‘How’ That Is Right for You

In honor of the second anniversary of the Better Care Playbook’s launch, Jay Want, MD, reflects on the philosophy behind the Playbook and shares his vision for its use.

Dec 4, 2018 Read More

Three National Foundations Commit $30 Million to Civica Rx, a Groundbreaking Effort to Address Shortages and High Prices of Life-Saving Medications

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare and Gary and Mary West Foundation each commit $10 million to a new, not-for-profit generic drug company.

Sep 6, 2018 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Partners with Rhode Island and Brown University on Innovative Healthcare Data Transparency Initiative

The State of Rhode Island and Brown University will study healthcare cost trends in order to improve how care is delivered throughout the state.

Aug 23, 2018 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Announces New Partnership to Accelerate Adoption of Proven Care Model for High-Need Patients

Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers and Health Quality Partners will work to accelerate adoption of a model that has been shown to improve care and lower costs among chronically ill, older adults.

Aug 20, 2018 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

An Analysis of Out-of-Network Claims in Large Employer Health Plans

This analysis assesses the extent to which patients receive services from an out-of-network provider, putting them at risk for potentially high out-of-pocket costs.

Aug 13, 2018 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

Increases in Cost-Sharing Payments Continue to Outpace Wage Growth

While overall healthcare spending has been growing at modest rates in recent years, growth in out-of-pocket costs comes at a time when wages have been largely stagnant.

Jun 15, 2018 Read More
Source: Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker

How Have Healthcare Prices Changed in the U.S., and How Do They Compare with Other Countries?

These two chart collections examine trends in prices for health services over time and by comparison to comparable countries.

May 8, 2018 Read More
Source: Minnesota Physician

Improving One Practice at a Time

The Peterson Center on Healthcare’s Director of Dissemination co-authors an article describing an effort to replicate a model of high-performance primary care at the Essentia Health-Moorhead Clinic in Minnesota.

Apr 19, 2018 Read More
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine

Approach for Achieving Effective Care for High-Need Patients

This article from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health summarizes practical steps physicians can take to improve care for high-need patients. It was supported in part by a grant from the Peterson Center on Healthcare.

Apr 9, 2018 Read More

Diffusion of Innovation

The February 2018 edition of Health Affairs focuses on the critical issue of diffusion of innovation within healthcare.

Feb 6, 2018 Read More

Exploring Attributes of High-Value Primary Care

Thirteen specific attributes of care delivery can improve the quality of care while lowering costs, according to new research from Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center.

Nov 16, 2017 Read More

Learning Update: Improving Healthcare for High-Need Patients

In this report, we share what we've learned, the questions we are now asking ourselves and our partners, and why we are optimistic about improving care for high-need patients.

Nov 15, 2017 Read More

Price and Intensity Identified as the Major Drivers of Rising Healthcare Spending

A new study published in JAMA reveals that healthcare spending rose by nearly $1 trillion between 1996 and 2013.

Nov 8, 2017 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Names Jay Want, MD as New Executive Director

Dr. Want brings decades of experience in healthcare delivery, improvement science, data transparency and executive leadership.

Jun 27, 2017 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Teams with Brown University to Study Exemplary Care for High-Need Medicare Patients

Brown University-based initiative will identify hospital systems providing high-quality, cost-effective care, with the aim of replication and broader adoption.

May 31, 2017 Read More
Source: Health Affairs

Accelerating Adoption and Diffusion of Innovations in Care Delivery

The Peterson Center on Healthcare is testing how to replicate the features of 11 exemplary practices to improve health care practice across the country on four dimensions: clinical and functional outcomes, the experience of care, clinician engagement, and total cost of care.

May 16, 2017 Read More

New Initiative to Help Employers Become More Effective Purchasers of Healthcare

Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Peterson Center on Healthcare team up to help employers develop, test and share strategies to purchase high-quality, lower-cost healthcare.

May 2, 2017 Read More
Source: Modern Healthcare

High-Need Patients Are Being Under-Served, and It Needs to Change

For the most vulnerable, chronically ill among us—many of whom cope with behavioral health challenges and struggle to secure housing, food or transportation—the journey to receive the care they need can be daunting.

Apr 29, 2017 Read More

Five National Health Care Foundations Identify Promising Approaches for Treating Patients With Complex Needs

A new nationwide survey of patients with complex medical needs shows that the health care system is failing them.

Dec 9, 2016 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Unveils New Initiative to Transform Primary Care

The Center announced a new initiative to transform how primary care practices deliver care by installing a proven, high-performance, lower-cost model.

Sep 22, 2016 Read More
Source: New England Journal of Medicine

Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients — An Urgent Priority

Leaders from The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, and The SCAN Foundation will launch resources later this year that are intended to help meet the urgent goals of high-need patients.

Sep 8, 2016 Read More

Five Foundations Combine Forces to Improve Health and Reduce Costs for Chronically Ill Patients With Complex Care Needs

Five national health care foundations today announced a new collaboration to transform care delivery for chronically ill patients who have the greatest need for health care services.

Jul 27, 2016 Read More

New Online Resource Provides Best Practices, Tools for States to Improve Healthcare Quality, Lower Costs

National Governors Association and National Academy of Medicine identify key priority areas and proven solutions for states to improve the value of healthcare.

Jul 19, 2016 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Supports New Initiative to Forecast Trends in U.S. Healthcare Spending

The Peterson Center on Healthcare announced an innovative new initiative designed to identify past drivers of U.S. healthcare spending in order to better forecast future spending trends.

Mar 30, 2016 Read More

Foundations Unite to Support Access to Clinical Notes for 50 Million Patients Nationwide

Cambia Health Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today jointly announced $10 million in new funding to spread access to clinical notes to 50 million patients nationwide.

Dec 15, 2015 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Announces Innovative Three-Stage Grant to Identify Healthcare Solutions for High-Need Patients

The research project is an innovative collaboration among healthcare experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Institute of Medicine, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Jun 3, 2015 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Announces Three Major Initiatives

Today, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, a new organization established by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, announced three major initiatives to advance the Center’s mission to transform U.S. healthcare into a high-performance system that delivers high-quality care at a lower cost.

Dec 3, 2014 Read More

Peterson Center on Healthcare Launches With $200M Commitment to Improve U.S. Healthcare

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation is launching the Peterson Center on Healthcare on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at the Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, DC.

Dec 2, 2014 Read More

Events

Peterson Center on Healthcare Launch

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation launched the Peterson Center on Healthcare on December 4, 2014, at the Jack Morton Auditorium in Washington, DC.

Dec 4, 2014 Read More