Costs of Care seeks to improve patient affordability. This will require many systemic changes. We all have a role to play. Our team has started the conversation by developing “key components for health care systems to address patient affordability”.
Our Leadership Summit provides training for first-year medical students to lead value improvement initiatives at their own medical schools – addressing the need to incorporate high-value care and health systems science into medical training.
Cleveland Clinic Foundation Drs. Andrew Lewis, Ruchi Sharma, Sajal Akhtar, Andrew Young, and Penali Noticewala and their award winning submission “Addressing Polypharmacy One Pill at a Time“
Adolescents and young adults with cancer, those aged 15-39 at time of diagnosis, are the group at highest risk of financial toxicity due to total lost earnings and high rates of un- and under-insurance. Listen as Alison Silberman, CEO of Stupid Cancer, talks about their mission to empower adolescents and young adults by ending isolation, building community, and connecting them to age-appropriate resources.
Over the past 10 years, Costs of Care has helped lead the value improvement movement through a number of overlapping phases, from raising awareness and advocating for transparency, to addressing appropriateness by supporting clinician-led efforts to reduce waste and low-value care. There is still much work to be done on each of these fronts and as an organization we will continue to be meaningfully engaged in advocacy, awareness, appropriateness, and education. However, while each of these foundational components are necessary, they are insufficient for making the impact we want to see on patients’ financial and physical experience of health care. To truly provide greater value for diverse populations, we must meaningfully address patient affordability....
Working together we can improve the safety, affordability and experience of healthcare.