Tagged: arkansas health care payment improvement initiative

Health Officials Trying to Lower C-Section Rates

by Mark Friedman 12/24/2012 12:00 am

Arkansas health officials and hospitals are trying to lower the state’s percentage of cesarean section births, which are nearly double the cost of a vaginal birth.

Health Reform Initiatives Underway But Challenges Await

by Mike Stock 9/10/2012 12:00 am

One of the primary goals of health reform is to make health care accessible to more people. But, it is not enough to simply increase accessibility; it must also decrease costs. To accomplish this it is important to understand the dynamics of rising health care costs. Expanding coverage without addressing the rising costs will not cure our inefficient system regardless of who pays the bills — private insurers, government, employers or individuals. Most industry experts believe that to effectively reform health care, we must find ways to improve quality and get control of the broader causes of rising costs.