Reform in Action: How Employers Can Improve Value and Quality in Health Care

Insights from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Aligning Forces for Quality

As the largest purchaser of health care in America, employers are paying a high price for poor-quality care. About 55 percent of Americans get health insurance through employers, and employers pay for nearly three-quarters of premiums. At the same time, poor-quality care, such as care that is excessive, ineffective, or harmful, costs a typical employer between $1,900 and $2,250 per employee every year. Improving the quality of health care could improve health while saving money.

Improving the quality and value of health care is at the heart of Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) signature effort to lift the overall quality of health care in 16 targeted communities. Lessons from AF4Q demonstrate how employers can drive accountability for providers and insurers to help patients get better quality care that makes more efficient use of health care dollars.

Infographic: Lessons for Employers Seeking Higher Value Health Care

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AF4Q alliances are working with local employers to help drive accountability for providers and insurers to help patients get better quality care that makes more efficient use of health care dollars.

AF4Q alliances are working with local employers to help drive accountability for providers and insurers to help patients get better quality care that makes more efficient use of health care dollars.

AF4Q alliances are working with local employers to help drive accountability for providers and insurers to help patients get better quality care that makes more efficient use of health care dollars.

Hear Anne Weiss, senior program officer and director of the Quality/Equality team, talk about the critical role employers play in improving the quality of health care and lowering costs.

Hear Anne Weiss, Senior Program Officer and Director of the Quality/Equality team, talk about the critical role employers play in improving the quality of health care and lowering costs.

Hear Anne Weiss, senior program officer and director of the Quality/Equality team, talk about the critical role employers play in improving the quality of health care and lowering costs.