Report examines strategies states are using to improve quality and efficiency

A number of states have recognized that the success of national health care reform will depend a great deal on their ability to address quality concerns and control costs in the delivery of health care, according to a publication by The Commonwealth Fund and the National Academy for State Health Policy. 

The publication examines how ten states plan to capitalize on the new authority, tools, and resources available through the laws to reform delivery systems and improve system performance. 

Some key activities states are pursuing include:

  • Forming task forces and boards to provide governance, rules, regulation, and infrastructure to health reform implementation;
  • Incorporating new data measures, including meaningful-use requirements, into current data collection efforts; 
  • Exploring new payment reform initiatives and their potential alignment with current state strategies; 
  • Engaging consumers in reform efforts, including providing education and outreach about reform and incorporating consumer input into policies and activities. 

Source: The Commonwealth Fund, http://www.commonwealthfund.org, December 23, 2010)