There is an abundance of evidence that indicates patients who are active in their own healthcare decisions have better outcomes at lower costs. As such, steps to increase patient engagement in their health care represent a significant opportunity for policy-makers. Yet, patients often find themselves feeling disempowered and hopeless when facing a healthcare decision because the current United States (U.S.) health care system does not provide adequate tools to be effectively engaged. The shift to so-called “value-based” or alternative payment models provides an important opportunity to improve patient engagement. However, achieving this opportunity requires understanding what patients value and structuring new payment models in ways that engage patients based on their values.
In follow-up to its development of a white paper identifying key issues in achieving patient-centeredness in alternative payment models, the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) convened a Roundtable of leaders from the patient community. The Roundtable focused on how patients can be more effectively engaged in U.S. health care policy development and implementation so that the country is assured of building a patient-centered healthcare system that values the outcomes that matter to patients, and empowers patients to pursue those outcomes by being actively engaged in their own health care decisions.