Creating new incentives for quality care and improving the
management of diseases are key policy goals towards reducing the growth of
health care costs and making sure Americans get the right care at the right
time. Efforts include managing chronic disease, paying for performance, ending reimbursement for avoidable hospital errors, reducing hospital-based infections, electronic medical records, and promoting best practices.
Incremental steps to improve the health care system can lay the
foundation for comprehensive reform that provides health care for all.
Comprehensive reforms enacted in Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine and San Francisco were, in large part, the result of pragmatic incremental steps those states had already taken. For example, a Families USA report discusses the many reforms Massachusetts put in place over the years that led to its comprehensive 2006 reform. Not every state is as far along in moving comprehensive health care reform, but
each state does have numerous options for increasing access to
coverage, reducing the growth of health care costs, and improving the
quality of care.