Thursday, January 19, 2012
Perceptive analysis by Karen Davis over on the Commonwealth Fund Blog, here.
While the recession has played an important role in the reduced utilization of health care services, the efforts made over the last decade to transform health care delivery may also have contributed to slower spending growth. Private sector initiatives have been encouraging hospitals and physicians to adopt improved safety methods, reach performance benchmarks, and reorganize care to achieve greater value. Private insurers and Medicaid have begun to pay for care differently, creating opportunities for new models of health care delivery.
Difficult questions abound. How much of this shift can be credited to the Affordable Care Act? Will the Act be able to control expected insurance cost increases? Is this the beginning of cost bending or the end?