Health care is evolving and the expectations of consumers, insurers, the government and other third parties are changing. More than two years ago, President Bush signed an Executive Order to promote transparency in the health care programs administered or sponsored by the federal government. Then U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt broadened the challenge to other health care purchasers. His challenge was to implement “four cornerstones of value-driven health care” by:
Value-driven health care employs standardized methods for measuring health care quality and pricing information. It puts this information into the hands of consumers so that they can make informed health care decisions. The push for transparency and accountability continues under the national health care policy reform movement, which has two primary goals – improving quality and reducing costs.