The many initiatives aimed at healthcare reform have as a primary focus coordinated, high-quality, personalized, and cost-effective care. In May 2010, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held a meeting with many of the nation's leading health economists to discuss the need for integrating health economics research into ongoing reform efforts in order to better inform public and private decision making.
The NIH has launched the Common Fund Health Economics program to address the evolving need for health economic research. The program goals include fostering the collection of data that will be most useful for health policy-relevant analysis; examining the economic effects of changes in incentives for consumers, providers and insurers; exploring the ways in which structure and organization on the supply side of the medical market affect health care spending and clinical outcomes; and investigating the potential of preventive measures to improve health and mitigate cost growth. For more details on the current funding announcement check here.
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