This introductory course will cover the roots of the current US system, its evolutionary process, and the consequent independence of these different parts of the system. The focus will be on value and affordability as defined by cost, access, and quality. While all hold value and affordability as important goals, the different stakeholders take various perspectives and define these goals differently. This results in different objectives, incentives, and principles under which they operate. The intent of this course is to better understand the characteristics of the different parts of the US healthcare system and the role of various decision-makers within it. The course will cover their structure, scope, processes, and perspectives as well as their approach to balancing access, costs, and quality. The course will also cover how industry and others produce evidence to support access and reimbursement decisions and how the evidence is used by decision-makers.
This session will facilitate the increased level of understanding of these disparate systems and emphasize the need to effectively communicate evidence to various access decision-makers to support and enhance evidence-driven decision making on value and affordability. The course will focus on how these entities differ in perspectives, coverage mechanisms, and the means and evidence they use to define and achieve both value (access and quality) and affordability.
This course is designed for those having limited experience in understanding the structure of the US Healthcare system, including its various subsystems and how they operate.