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Transformation of Government Health Care: Experience of the New Veterans Health Administration

Award Year: 2007 Investigator: Shoou-Yih Daniel Lee, Bryan Weiner
Many Americans strongly oppose the idea of "government-run" health care, preferring market-driven strategies for solving the problems of the U.S. health care system. Yet, over the last decade, the federally financed Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has become one of the great success stories of health care improvement in America. How did the VHA, a massive, government-operated health system, rescue itself from congressional threats of overhaul and privatization?

Can Private Purchasers Cross the Quality Chasm? Learning from the Leaders

Award Year: 2002 Investigator: Dennis Scanlon
Recent reports by the Institute of Medicine identify serious problems with the quality of health care delivery in America and look to public and private purchasers as catalysts for change. Dennis P. Scanlon, Ph.D. is interested in the extent to which private purchasers can stimulate major improvements in health care quality. His project, Can Private Purchasers Cross the Quality Chasm?

Competing on Quality of Care: Comparing Antitrust Law to Market Reality

Award Year: 1998 Investigator: Peter Hammer, William Sage
Although quality has been extensively analyzed in health services research, its role in competition policy has not been elucidated. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the potential for competition policy to protect and improve health care quality, and to determine how best to structure oversight of a competitive marketplace, encouraging appropriate tradeoffs between price and quality. Drs.

Toward Error-Free Medicine: New Policies for Health Care

Award Year: 1998 Investigator: Lucian Leape
Accidental injury due to errors in medical treatment is the most serious quality problem in health care delivery in the U.S. Errors cause 1 million injuries and 120,000 deaths annually, and the health care system's reliance on punishing individuals to ensure safety rather than designing safer systems has played a central role. This project develops a series of conceptual essays to alter how hospitals, doctors, regulators and society think about health care delivery. Dr.

Measuring Medicine: A Critical Assessment of the Application of Medical Quality Research to Patient Care

Award Year: 1993 Investigator: Michael Millenson
This project examines the medical-quality management and measurement movement and evaluates current state-of-the-art language, understandable to employers, policymakers, and the lay public. It presents a common framework bringing medical-quality issues into the mainstream of the debate over the future of America's health care system.