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Overview


The U.S. health care system is in crisis. At stake are the quality of care for millions of Americans and the financial well-being of individuals and employers squeezed by skyrocketing premiums—not to mention the stability of state and federal government budgets.

In Redefining Health Care, internationally renowned strategy expert Michael Porter and innovation expert Elizabeth Teisberg reveal the underlying—and largely overlooked—causes of the problem, and provide a powerful prescription for change.

The authors argue that competition currently takes place at the wrong level—among health plans, networks, and hospitals—rather than where it matters most, in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of specific health conditions. Participants in the system accumulate bargaining power and shift costs in a zero-sum competition, rather than creating value for patients. Based on an exhaustive study of the U.S. health care system, Redefining Health Care lays out a breakthrough framework for redefining the way competition in health care delivery takes place—and unleashing stunning improvements in quality and efficiency.

With specific recommendations for hospitals, doctors, health plans, employers, and policy makers, this book shows how to move health care toward positive-sum competition that delivers lasting benefits for all.

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The U.S. health care system is working, but not for our benefit. That's just one of the disturbing conclusions of Redefining Health Care, a fresh look at an ailing system by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter and Virginia University professor Elizabeth Teisberg. With compelling details, they argue that our health care system is dominated by the wrong kinds of competition as health plans, networks, and hospitals fight to shift costs, accumulate bargaining power, and restrict services. This misplaced free market economy leaves patients in the lurch, unprotected and essentially unrepresented by health care providers.
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...a profound and powerful critique of America’s health-care system. It deserves to be read widely. And probably will be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591397786
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 5/22/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 506
  • Sales rank: 161,209
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Scoping the problem 17
2 Identifying the root causes 33
3 How reform went wrong 71
4 Principles of value-based competition 97
5 Strategic implications for health care providers 149
6 Strategic implications for health plans 229
7 Implications for suppliers, consumers, and employers 283
8 Health care policy and value-based competition : implications for government 323
App. A Making results public : the Cleveland Clinic
App. B The care delivery value chain
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