A male paramedic performs a procedure on a man.
A male paramedic performs a procedure on a man.

Improving Healthcare Quality and Value

HEALTH SYSTEMS

In collaboration with healthcare providers, payers, policymakers, and consumer groups, we are working to help ensure that everyone in America receives the right care at the right price and improve overall health outcomes nationwide.


Health Fair and Blood Pressure screening at the Cut Off center in Algiers, La. on July 1, 2011. The health fair, which included the giving out of information about LACHIP and medicaid eligibility, was held during the T.E.A.M. (Together Each Achieves More) Football and Cheerleading Camp put on by NFL player Robert Royal. Everyone is released.

A New Model for Managing Healthcare

Historically, healthcare providers in the United States bill patients and their insurers for each appointment, treatment, and procedure, for example. This is called a fee-for-service model. Evidence is growing, however, that rewarding the quantity, not the quality or efficiency of the medical care, is leading to poor health outcomes. Perhaps it’s time to change the model to healthcare reward quality and value. 

Poor health outcomes stemming from a fee-for-service model gave rise to a movement committed to advancing new healthcare management models for healthcare payment. For example, a new model would instead link providers’ reimbursements to the value—not the volume—of the services they provide.

Related News and Insights

Read expert perspectives and the latest research from RWJF to explore the opportunities and complexities of this topic.


Featured Initiatives

RWJF funds many initiatives in support of our vision for a Culture of Health. For this focus area, these initiatives were selected to demonstrate grantmaking that is helping us achieve the greatest impact.  


Current Grant Opportunities

We realize that building a Culture of Health will take unprecedented collaboration and a deeper understanding of where barriers exist and how to overcome them.

We have previously funded opportunities in this area of focus with the goal to strengthen and advance health equity, and we have more work to do.