HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to Discuss Driving Value in Health Care

Will Address Stakeholders, Students at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Speech

WASHINGTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

BACKGROUND: In his remarks, Secretary Leavitt will provide a broad summary of the progress made in the Value-Driven Health Care initiative, as well as his vision for its future direction and strategy.

The initiative is a foundation-building effort based on the goal that every American have access to a full range of information about the quality and cost of their health care options. It is a starting point for a vision that involves thousands of players -- including government, payers, providers, plans and consumers -- with widely different interests. Achieving success in building a health care system based on value depends on a common understanding of the need and the goals, and on a continuing effort to increase efficiency and maintain trust.

The four cornerstones of value-driven health care include:

For more information, visit www.hhs.gov/valuedriven.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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