Leavitt Spurs Reform in Health Care Market: Competition Based on Value & Better Information for Consumers

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Source:PR Newswire

Businesses, Unions, Doctors, Health Plans, and Federal, State, and Local

Governments Join Together to Deliver Better Care at Lower Cost

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt will announce significant progress toward changing the marketplace and the way U.S. consumers access information about health care quality and cost at a roundtable of key business, union, government, community, and health care leaders from across the nation. Approximately half of the top 200 U.S. corporations have committed to the value-driven health care movement, which was launched in 2006.

Under the initiative, employers, unions, and federal, state, and local governments commit their health plans to providing useful information to consumers about the quality and cost of care delivered by different doctors, hospitals, and other providers. In this way, consumers can compare their options and make health care choices based on value -- demonstrated quality of care at the best price.

In less than a year, hundreds of partners have committed to the four cornerstones of value-driven care: health information technology, public reporting of quality information, public reporting of costs, and incentives for value comparison. Participants in this meeting represent the health care purchasers, providers, and health plans that are applying these practices and increasing transparency in the health care marketplace.

    WHAT:   Roundtable meeting to mark the shift toward a value-driven health
            care system that provides better care at lower cost and empowers
            consumers to make better health care decisions.

    WHEN:   Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.
            Participants will be available for media Q&A following program

    WHERE:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
            Great Hall, Hubert H. Humphrey Building,
            200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.


    -- Gov. Donald L. Carcieri,          -- Dr. John Tooker,
       Rhode Island                         American College of Physicians
    -- Al Hubbard, Assistant to the      -- Karen Ignagni, CEO, America's
       President for Economic Policy        Health Insurance Plans
       and Director, National Economic   -- Ron Williams, CEO, Aetna
       Council                           -- Jonathan T. Lord, M.D., Humana
    -- Ron Sims, King County Executive,  -- Angela Braly, CEO (Incoming),
       Seattle, WA                          Wellpoint
    -- John J. Castellani, President,    -- H. Edward Hanway, CEO, Cigna
       Business Roundtable               -- Steve Hemsley, CEO, UnitedHealth
    -- Ivan Seidenberg, CEO, Verizon        Group
    -- Andy Stern, President, Service    -- Scott Serota, CEO, Blue Cross Blue
       Employees International Union        Shield Assn.

    CONTACT:  HHS Press Office, +1-202-690-6343.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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