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1. List and describe 3 of the recommendations for health care reform from experts, interest groups, etc...

2. Discuss how President Barack Obama's plan/proposal fits (or does not fit) with the recommendations.

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1. List and describe 3 of the recommendations for health care reform from experts, interest groups, etc...

Many efforts are put forth by experts and others to reform health care based on reports of the coverage, cost, and quality problems of the U.S. health care system. For example, the FRESH-Thinking Project (2007) (www.fresh-thinking.org) agreed upon 8 recommendations essential to success reform for reform based on information collected from a series of workshops . The participants were physicians, health policy experts, health insurance executives, business leaders, hospital administrators, economists, and others who represent diverse perspectives came together (http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/0000605-200904070-00115v1).

Let's look at all 8 recommendations first, but then focus on ONLY three of these recommendations for the next question. The agreed upon recommendations are:

1. Replace the current fee-for-service payment system with a payment system that encourages and rewards innovation in the efficient delivery of quality care. The new payment system should invest in the development of outcome measures to guide payment.

2. Establish a securely funded, independent agency to ...

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Lists and describes 3 of the recommendations for health care reform from experts, interest groups, etc. Discusses how President Barack Obama's plan/proposal fits (or does not fit) with the recommendations.

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