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AARP Solutions Forum: The Promise of Patient Engagement for Better Health Care, Lower Costs

Engaging consumers more directly in their care may improve health outcomes and help control the costs of care. This Solutions Forum focused on the potential for changing consumer behavior to promote the use of effective interventions and discourage unnecessary care.

How promising are consumer engagement techniques such as patient self-management, shared decision-making and value-based insurance design? What changes in the health care system are likely to empower consumers versus creating new barriers to care? What is the role of initiatives such as chronic care coordination, electronic medical records, medical homes, comparative effectiveness research, public reporting and evidence-based guidelines?

To address these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the AARP Public Policy Institute sponsored a briefing with panelists Chad Boult of Johns Hopkins University; Judy Hibbard, professor at the University of Oregon; Michael Sokol, corporate medical director at Merck; and Don Kemper, CEO of Healthwise. John Rother of AARP and Ed Howard of the Alliance moderated.

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