Advancing the Bending the Curve program to slow health care spending and improve value

With the continued intense national policy discussions regarding ways to reduce health care spending, the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution (Brookings) will convene a set of experts and develop a third Bending the Curve (BTC III) paper. BTC III will focus on practical ways to advance current delivery-reform solutions that may help slow spending and also will examine new approaches that may hold additional promise for higher-value health care. In BTC III, the Brookings staff will: (1) identify priorities for implementing high-value, innovative practices within health systems; (2) gather and convene a select group of experts in areas of innovative delivery models, health care financing, economic analysis, and clinical leadership to develop key recommendations; and (3) disseminate these findings from key thought leaders, including but not limited to policymakers, health system leaders and state leaders. The deliverables will include: (1) convening the BTC III expert group by telephone or one in-person meeting by early summer 2012; (2) convening a second in-person meeting to incorporate additional senior-level former and current policymakers and politicians by late 2012, and (3) working with the Foundation, disseminating a report by no later than early 2013 to critical audiences, including policymakers, thought leaders and clinical leaders. In addition, the project leads will provide an oral report to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation staff on the progress, dissemination activities to date, and future plans of this work at several times during the course of this project, at least by June, August and October 2012.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,969.00

Awarded on: 5/21/2012

Time frame: 6/1/2012 - 11/30/2012

Grant Number: 70042


Brookings Institution

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Washington, 20036-2103


S. Lawrence Kocot
Project Director


Mark B. McClellan
Project Director