Improving Health Care Delivery

NEHI’s research and analysis in care delivery focuses on identifying innovations that increase the value and reduce the costs of health care. Prior NEHI research has demonstrated that waste and inefficiencies in health care account for $800 billion in unnecessary costs, or a full third of the nation’s health care spending, and that eliminating it requires many clinical, systemic and behavioral changes in organizations across health care. Current NEHI projects focus on assessing the impact of comparative effectiveness research on innovation and identifying innovative practices and policy actions in areas such as reducing hospital readmissions, increasing medication adherence, preventing medication errors and improving patient safety.

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  • Themes Medication Adherence Waste
    Publication Date: October 20, 2014

    Ready for Pick-Up: Reducing Primary Medication Non-Adherence

    An issue brief on key issues in the adoption and utilization of the new pharmacy quality metric on primary medication non-adherence endorsed by the Pharmacy Quality Alliance in November 2013. This white paper reflects information and opinions offered by a working group assembled by the NACDS Foundation, the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, and NEHI in May 2014.
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  • Themes Comparative Effectiveness Research Evidence-based Medicine Health IT
    Publication Date: May 22, 2014

    An Evolving Landscape: Comparative Effectiveness Research, Outcomes Research and Health Care Innovation

    In this issue brief, NEHI details the dilemma for health care innovators as the volume of data raises more questions than it answers. NEHI says big data offers the promise of big changes in health care, but hurdles remain.
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  • Themes Healthcare Spending Technology Adoption Telemedicine
    Publication Date: November 18, 2013

    Emerging Best Practices for Tele-ICU Care Nationally

    Continuing its work in Tele-ICU research, NEHI details best practices driving scalability, diversity and competition for telemedicine in intensive care units.
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  • Themes Hospital Readmissions Medication Adherence
    Publication Date: July 29, 2013

    Thinking Outside the Pillbox: Six Priorities for Action to Support Improved Patient Medication Adherence

    This research brief calls for a national medication adherence agenda centered on six priorities for action for public and private policymakers to improve the way patients take their prescription medicines across the US.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: June 1, 2013

    Healthy People Healthy Economy: Third Annual Report Card

    Third Annual Report Card, which tracks progress over 14 policies and practices that are key elements of a comprehensive effort to make Massachusetts a national leader in health and wellness.
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  • Themes Accountable Care Payment Reform Telemedicine
    Publication Date: April 26, 2013

    ACO Innovation Summit Series

    An overview of a series of dynamic summits hosted by NEHI for senior leaders for a multi-sector exploration of the potential impact of ACOs on patient access to innovative therapies and technologies. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 450 Accountable Care Organizations have been established in 49 states. While ACOs are in the spotlight as a means to transform the health care delivery system, many challenges need to be addressed. NEHI has taken the lead by convening a series of dynamic summits for senior leaders from pioneer ACOs, academia, biopharma and medtech for a multi-sector exploration of the potential impact of ACOs on patient access to innovative therapies and technologies.
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  • Themes Medication Adherence Patient Safety
    Publication Date: January 31, 2013

    Improving Patient Medication Adherence: Key Issues and Challenges in the Daily Practice of Medicine

    This issue brief discusses how evolving models of medication management are key to bringing improved medication adherence, and thus improved patient outcomes and reduced costs, into the daily practice of medicine.
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  • Themes Hospital Readmissions Medication Adherence Patient Safety
    Publication Date: October 19, 2012

    Thinking Outside the Pillbox: Improving Medication Adherence and Reducing Readmissions

    An issue brief highlighting successful new models of advanced discharge planning and transitional care that have medication management at their core.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Health IT Hospital Readmissions
    Publication Date: September 25, 2012

    ADOPT Toolkit

    The website will offer tools in four discreet technology areas: remote patient monitoring (RPM), medication optimization, care transitions, and mobile health. RPM tools are now available online and tools for mobile health technologies will be available in November. NEHI, with its deep portfolio of research indentifying valuable but under used technologies and barriers to their adoption, served in an advisory role on the Toolkit project. In addition, NEHI partnered with Atrius Health in Massachusetts on a study, funded by CTA, of the effectiveness of remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic illnesses. NEHI's Remote Patient Monitoring Project Press Release ADOPT Toolkit Website
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: June 19, 2012

    Healthy People Healthy Economy: Second Annual Report Card

    Second Annual Report Card, which tracks progress over 14 policies and practices that are key elements of a comprehensive effort to make Massachusetts a national leader in health and wellness.
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NEHI'S Impact

For Our Members

“NEHI has been a valuable forum to help navigate the changing health care landscape. It has also been a catalyst for informing and influencing the health reform debate and in a number of instances has moved the ultimate decisions to a better place.”
-Josef H. von Rickenbach, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PAREXEL International, Inc. 

In the Media

"NEHI President Wendy Everett said she expected to see more and more adoption of best practices in the next few years, spurred by President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, other changes to Medicare and Medicaid and a recognition among doctors and insurers that the current trajectory of health care spending is unsustainable.

'This train’s coming much faster than we thought,' Ms. Everett said. She guessed that within a decade providers being paid for the quality, not quantity, of care would be 'the norm.'"- The New York Times 

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