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The Healthcare Imperative

Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes

Workshop Series Summary

; Editors: Pierre L Yong, Robert S Saunders, and LeighAnne Olsen.

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-14433-9ISBN-10: 0-309-14433-7


To explore the issues and opportunities central to lowering health-care expenditures in the United States, the IOM Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care convened the four-part series The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes in May, July, September, and December of 2009 at the National Academies in Washington, DC. These meetings were part of the Roundtable’s Learning Health System series. The series aimed to gather stakeholders in a trusted venue to engage the issues and concerns needed to facilitate the development of a health-care system that not only delivers best practices and adds value with each clinical encounter, but adds seamlessly to the knowledge base for health improvement. Motivated by the proposition noted above of reducing per capita health spending in the country by 10 percent within 10 years without compromising health status, quality of care, or innovation, the meeting objectives included: characterizing and discussing the major causes of excess healthcare spending, waste, and inefficiency in the United States; considering the strategies that might reduce per capita health spending in the United States while improving health outcomes; and exploring policy options relevant to those strategies.


This project was supported by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Suggested citation:

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2010. The Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes: Workshop Series Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Copyright © 2010, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK53920PMID: 21595114DOI: 10.17226/12750


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