Improving Health Care Quality While Curbing Costs

fis21_240x240Health care costs have risen in the double-digits in Wisconsin and the U.S. for several years. From 2000 to 2004, for example, health insurance costs for Wisconsin workers increased four times faster than the average Wisconsin wage. State policymakers are looking for ways to reduce costs and improve the quality of health care. This seminar will provide an overview of the drivers behind rising health care costs and possible policy solutions. Two policy options will be explored in greater detail: Health Savings Accounts, which are medical expense accounts that employees contribute to and own, and Pay for Performance, which is a system that rewards high quality and cost-efficient health care.

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Health Care Cost Growth, Drivers, and Implications for States

by Scott Leitz
Director, Health Economics Program and State Health Economist, Minnesota Department of Health

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The Potential Impact of Consumer Health Savings Accounts as a Market-Based Approach by Improving Quality and Reducing Costs

by Paul Fronstin
Director of the Health Research and Education Program, Employee Benefit Research Institute

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Transparency and Pay for Performance: Building a Real Business Case for Better Quality Health Care

by Francois de Brantes
Program Leader of Health Care Initiatives, General Electric (GE) Corporate Health Care & Medical Services

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