What is Value-Based Care? These are the Key Elements

By: Timothy M. Smith

High-value care is about much more than containing costs. It’s also a recipe for improving patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. But what exactly is it and how is it measured? An education module offered via the AMA Ed Hub™ helps medical students understand the concept of value and how it applies to health care. It also gives insights into the current state of value in U.S. health care, describes the essential components of—and barriers to—an ideal patient-centered, high-value health care system, and outlines specific ways physicians can promote high-value care.


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