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Transparency: A Better Way to Encourage Price Shopping for Health Care

Transparency:  A Better Way to Encourage Price Shopping for Health Care | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |
Doctors can become bargain hunters for their patients

The big-data initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services and widespread adoption of electronic health records will unleash a new wave of information on health care delivery, a necessary component of the better quality measurement that is needed to support value-based decisions. 

Moving forward, policy should encourage such price shopping by providers and patients by facilitating the dissemination of information on price and quality and by strengthening antitrust enforcement to deter collusion or price fixing by providers.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Anything that takes the black box of health care price and quality and brings it forward into the light of day, and choice, seems very worthy of our time and support.  ~  D

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Times Higher Education - Innovation strategy 'ignores' funding and visa concerns

University strategies & policy:  Too little innovation?

Excerpt:  Wendy Piatt, director-general of the Russell Group of large research-intensive universities, welcomed many of the measures in the newly announced innovation strategy, but was disappointed it did not address concerns about postgraduate funding, or adopt the Russell Group's proposal for a new bank loan scheme for postgraduates.

She also called for more capital funding to be made available to universities, and for research to be exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.

David Price, vice-provost for research at University College London, praised the government for "the stability of its commitment to the research base" in difficult times.

He also said it was a pity the strategy's "fine words on the importance of mobile highly skilled people" had not translated into concessions regarding universities' continuing concerns about the government's new visa regulations.

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