The Center for Healthcare Decisions is launching this multi-year initiative
in its work towards attaining affordable, quality healthcare.
Rising healthcare spending is unsustainable, yet cost control is a political landmine. While innovations in care delivery and payment methods may help improve the quality of care and perhaps slow medical inflation, they may not be sufficient to counter the magnitude of the spending problem we face. Yet efforts to address this problem without an informed public voice are unlikely to succeed.
Common Cents is rooted in public deliberation — asking the citizenry to recognize the larger societal issues raised by rapidly rising healthcare costs. Nonpartisan interactive processes are grounded in accurate information, opportunities to hear the views of others and problem-solving that addresses the tensions between competing values and priorities.
With Common Cents, the Center for Healthcare Decisions and its partners will:
- Develop and conduct public deliberative sessions on strategies for controlling costs.
- Invite local, state and national businesses, organizations and agencies to sponsor Common Cents projects with their constituents.
- Explore new ways to help citizens assess and use information about healthcare interventions.
- Use the results of Common Cents projects to inform policy makers.
Common Cents projects
Value-based Insurance Design (V-BID)
CHCD in June 2012 completed a pilot project,
Probing the public's views on V-BID, with partners in Michigan to see how average employees consider the pros and cons of using value-based insurance design as a tool for encouraging
high-value health care and discouraging low-value health care.
Common Cents partners
The following organizations are working with CHCD to help launch and implement Common Cents:
Bay Area Council
California Association of Physician Groups
Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, University of Michigan
Community Campaigns for Quality Care
Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
HealthNewsReview.org - Gary Schwitzer, Publisher
Hill Physicians Medical Group
New America Foundation, Health Policy Division
Pacific Business Group on Health
Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
We invite other state and national organizations to participate in
Common Cents. For more information, contact