BNA's Health Care Policy Report
Volume 19, Issue 20
Hospital Services; Hospitals; Quality improvement; Health Reform
For nearly a century, proponents of health reform have advocated for greater clinical integration to improve quality, promote efficiencies, and control costs. A seminal 1932 report issued by the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care called for the provision of care through group practice arrangements as part of a broader set of recommendations that included universal coverage, extension of public health services to the entire population, and a major investment in health professions education. Resistance to its findings was a key factor in convincing the Roosevelt Administration to abandon national health insurance in the original Social Security Act.
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