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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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November 9, 2010

Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker Appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending and Promotion of High-Value Care


New York, NY—Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending and Promotion of High-Value Care.

The committee will examine geographic variation in intensity and cost of health care services and in per capita health care spending among the Medicare, Medicaid, privately insured and uninsured U.S. populations. Specifically, the committee will:

Taking into consideration the experiences of governmental and community-based programs that promote high-value care and comments of the public and stakeholders, the committee will then identify how payments and spending would be affected by a value index and recommend changes in Medicare payment systems to promote high-value care and address variation and the factors that affect variation among and within areas.

The first meeting will take place at the Institute of Medicine on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 9 and 10.

For more information, go to http://iom.edu/Activities/HealthServices/GeographicVariation.aspx.

 

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