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Measuring up: A Comprehensive Scorecard for America's Health System


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

A new assessment by The Commonwealth Fund finds that deficiencies in the nation’s health care system cost 100,000 to 150,000 lives and $50 to $100 billion annually. The scorecard compares national averages for the U.S. to national and international benchmarks for 37 indicators. The U.S. received a composite score of 66 out of 100. On one quality measure, mortality, the U.S. ranked 14th out of 19 countries.

In what ways is the U.S. health system thriving and failing? What actions can be taken to improve the performance of our health system?

To discuss these and related questions, Commonwealth and the Alliance for Health Reform  sponsored an October 11 luncheon briefing. Panelists included: Chris Cassel, American Board of Internal Medicine; Cathy Schoen, The Commonwealth Fund; Tom Miller, American Enterprise Institute; Elizabeth Hall, Office of Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, MD; Mike Zamore, Office of Rep. Patrick Kennedy. Ed Howard of the Alliance and Steve Schoenbaum of Commonwealth was the moderator.

Speakers

Christine Cassel, American Board of Internal Medicine, Speaker
Cathy Schoen, The Commonwealth Fund, Speaker
Tom Miller, American Enterprise Institute, Speaker
Michael Zamore, Office of Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Speaker
Elizabeth Hall, Office of Senator William H. Frist, Speaker
Steve Schoenbaum, The Commonwealth Fund, Moderator
Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Transcript: Measuring Up: A Comprehensive Scorecard for America's Health System (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/11/2006
Full Webcast/Podcast: Webcast - Measuring Up: A Comprehensive Scorecard for America's Health System

The transcript, full webcast and podcast for this briefing are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Cassel Presentation: Measuring Up: A comprehensive Scorecard for America's Health System (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/11/2006
Schoen Presentation: Measuring Up: A comprehensive Scorecard for America's Health System (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/11/2006
Miller Presentation: Measuring Up: A comprehensive Scorecard for America's Health System (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 10/11/2006

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Framework for a High Performance Health System for the United States (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund, 8/1/2006
National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance: Complete Chartpack (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund, 9/1/2006
Public Views on Shaping the Future of the U.S. Health System (Adobe Acrobat PDF), The Commonwealth Fund, 8/1/2006
Sourcelist: Measuring Up: A Comprehensive Scorecard For America's Health System (Word Document), Alliance for Health Reform, 10/11/2006

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

Nat Business Group on Health Issues Recommendations for Employers to Improve Quality and Safety, Market Wire, 10/4/2006
Using Local Health Information To Promote Public Health, Journal of Health Affairs , 7/1/2006
It Ain't Necessarily So: Electronic Health Record and Unlikely Prospect of Reducing HC Cost , Journal of Health Affairs, 7/1/2006
Audio Interview: P4P- Recomendation of the Inst of Med, with Dr. E. Fisher and Dr. K. Davis, The New England Journal of Medicine, 9/21/2006
The Impact of Quality-Reporting Programs on Hospital Operations, Journal of Health Affairs, 9/1/2006
How Health Plans Partner with Providers Key to Quality, Alliance of Community Health Plans, 8/21/2006
Continued Quality Improvement in CA Health Care Announced by Integrated Healthcare Association, Integrated Health Care Association, 7/13/2006
The 100 000 Lives Campaign: Setting a Goal and a Dedline for Improving Health Care Quality, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 1/18/2006
Measuring Hospital Quality: What Physicians Do? How Patients Fare? Or Both?, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 7/5/2006
“The grade is: 66 out of 100: Commonwealth gives U.S. healthcare a sickly ranking, Modern Health Care, 10/25/2006
The Promises and Pitfalls of Evidence-Based Medicine, Journal of Health Affairs, 1/1/2005
Rewarding Superior Quality Care: The Premier Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services , 1/1/2006
Physician Focused Quality Initiative, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services , 4/12/2006
Evaluating the Efficiency of California Providers in Caring For Patients with Chronic Illness, Journal of Health Affairs, 11/16/2005
First-Ever Awards Recognizing Excellence in Incentives and Rewards are Presented , National Business Coalition on Health, 7/20/2006
Leapfrog Hospital Rewards Program, Leapfrog Group, 10/1/2006
The State of Health Care Quality 2006: Executive Summary (Adobe Acrobat PDF),National Committee for Quality Assurance, 1/1/2006
Fact Sheet: Health Care Transparency: Empowering Consumers to Save on Quality Care, The White House: President George W. Bush, 8/22/2006

Photos

Cathy Schoen, senior vice president for research and evaluation at The Commonwealth Fund -- speaker at the October 11th briefing cosponsored by the Commonwealth Fund.

Christine Cassel, president and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine -- speaker at the October 11th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Tom Miller, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute -- speaker at the October 11th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Elizabeth Hall, director of health policy for Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist -- speaker at the October 11th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Michael Zamore, policy advisor to Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy -- speaker at the October 11th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

Steve Schoenbaum, executive vice president for programs at The Coomonwealth Fund -- moderator at the October 11th briefing cosponsored by The Commonwealth Fund.

 


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