I was a little surprised to see Newt Gingrich as a co-author of this article – but I guess that just means I’m not paying attention.
We can bring about real change by centering the system on what Secretary Leavitt calls the “four cornerstones”–information technology, performance measures, transparency and payment reform. The largest purchasers of health care, from state and federal government to the private sector, can change health care by ingraining these four priorities into their purchasing and procurement–and then demanding accountability.
Seems like the right direction – value based healthcare with consumers acting in enlightened, informed self-interest. We are a long way from this – and many forces are pulling hard in the other direction – but it is certainly a good thing that Secretary Leavitt (HHS) is focusing on these issues.
Our small part? Provide infrastructure to employers to enable personalized communication, decision-support tools and choices.