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Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2006 Oct;16(4):643-56.

Health care value-based purchasing.

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Fort Worth Endoscopy Center, Gastroenterology Associates of North Texas, 6445 Harris Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76132, USA.


Two Institute of Medicine studies have focused attention on the glaring deficiencies in health care safety and quality. These studies and others serve as wake-up calls within both the private and government-sponsored United States health care industry. As a result of the "quality chasm" and crippling rise in health care cost, the concept of value-based purchasing (VBP) has gained increasing momentum. The stakeholders affected by the health care value equation include consumers, employers, insurers, and providers. VBP creates quality standards and stakeholder incentives to improve quality of care and become more cost efficient. The greatest challenge is the development of methods and information sources that will allow reliable, accurate, and credible measures of health care quality. VBP presents the ambitious hope of creating transparent measures of quality and cost efficiency that would allow the consumer to make health care purchasing decisions. If this can be achieved, then the competitive forces that increase value in other industries will function in health care.

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