For the past eleven years, senior academics, policy-makers and practitioners from the United States and United Kingdom have met annually to discuss common areas of work relating to the quality of health care. The meetings have been convened and sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund and the Nuffield Trust.
The objective has been to encourage rich learning among the small group of very senior level participants, and build relationships and cross-Atlantic initiatives on issues relating to quality and reform of health care. The underlying aim is to develop better strategies to improve health care.
The 12th international meeting on the quality of health care examined how sweeping health reforms in the United States and United Kingdom have aimed to transform the delivery system and achieve cost savings. Sessions focused on:
- Accountable care organisations in the U.S. and clinical commissioning groups in England;
- Getting the balance right between competition, collaboration and regulation to drive quality and integration;
- Institutional payment mechanisms to drive quality and accountability;
- and the policy environments that allow health care delivery system ‘models of excellence’ to thrive