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 Chronic Disease Healthcare Spending Health Reform
    Publication Date: April 26, 2012

    2012 Innovation Barometer

    A national survey of 500 opinion leaders shows strong support for using innovative solutions to increase efficiency and control costs in health care.
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  • Themes Evidence-based Medicine Healthcare Spending Payment Reform
    Publication Date: March 1, 2012

    Exploring Innovative Pricing Arrangements for Biopharmaceuticals

    This Issue Brief discusses critical barriers to expanded use of innovative pricing arrangements, strategies to overcome them and alternative ways to ensure access and continued innovation of biopharmaceuticals.
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  • Themes Healthcare Spending Hospital Readmissions Waste
    Publication Date: December 16, 2011

    Bend the Curve: Health Care Leader's Guide to High Value Health Care

    The Health Care Leader's Guide to High Value Health Care provides data to identify where costs can be reduced and offers recommendations for actionable solutions. It also includes real world success stories of health care professionals making important improvements in their organizations. We encourage you to use these tools to educate colleagues, and identify and implement successful solutions to the very real problem of health care waste in your own organizations and communities.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: July 19, 2011

    Healthy People Healthy Economy First Annual Report Card

    First annual report card on Massachusetts' wellness policies.
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  • Themes Comparative Effectiveness Research Evidence-based Medicine Payment Reform
    Publication Date: February 17, 2011

    From Evidence to Practice: A National Strategy for CER Dissemination

    Since the passage of the ACA, NEHI has been examining the potential avenues for CER dissemination, specifically the existing programs of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the newly created Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This white paper takes the position that PCORI must elevate dissemination as a priority, above and beyond the level called for in the Affordable Care Act and in the Institute of Medicine’s 2009 report to Congress on CER priorities.
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  • Themes Healthcare Spending Technology Adoption Telemedicine
    Publication Date: December 1, 2010

    Critical Care, Critical Choices: The Case for Tele-ICUs in Intensive Care

    The report's findings examine the clinical and financial benefits of tele-ICU technology on ICU mortality and ICU length of stay.
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  • Themes Health Reform Medication Adherence Patient Engagement
    Publication Date: September 23, 2010

    Medication Adherence and Care Teams: A Call for Demonstration Projects

    This report explains why care teams can help improve medication adherence and calls for more research on how to best use care teams in a wide variety of clinical settings.
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  • Themes Comparative Effectiveness Research Evidence-based Medicine Payment Reform
    Publication Date: September 1, 2010

    From Evidence to Practice: Making CER Findings Work for Providers and Patients

    This issue brief identifies a number of major factors found by NEHI research that could influence the creation of a coherent and effective CER dissemination strategy.
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  • Themes Healthcare Spending Patient Safety Waste
    Publication Date: March 30, 2010

    A Matter of Urgency: Reducing Emergency Department Overuse

    The overuse of U.S. emergency departments (EDs) is responsible for $38 billion in wasteful spending each year. Given the tremendous opportunity to lower health care costs by addressing this problem, NEHI launched an initiative to examine ED overuse in detail. Through this initiative, NEHI has identified the key factors driving this costly ED overuse, including who overuses the ED, what causes ED overuse and what can be done to reduce it.
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  • Themes Health Reform Patient Engagement Waste
    Publication Date: January 20, 2010

    Remaking Primary Care: A Framework for the Future

    This report delves into the basis of the current crisis in primary care and offers solutions for the future.
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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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