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“
Listen to an internal medicine team from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation discuss their resident-led initiative focused on reducing polypharmacy and out-of-pocket medication costs for patients. This team won the inaugural Costs of Care Affordability Award - presented at the HVPAA 2019 National Conference - an award focused on innovations that improve patient affordability.
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.