“Most healthcare professionals are paid by the visit and procedure. So the more care they provide, the more money they make. The Marshfield Clinic in central Wisconsin just provided some hard and welcome evidence that changing this skewed payment incentive can help improve patient outcomes while controlling soaring cost. Marshfield was one of 10 medical groups across the country that participated in a five-year study designed to financially reward the value, rather than volume, of healthcare. Marshfield saved Medicare and taxpayers millions of dollars each year while maintaining if not improving high quality standards.”
—Wisconsin state journal, Madison “Score one for logical over ideological. Though he’s no fan of national healthcare reform, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is taking a pragmatic stance in telling legislators that the state should take $40 million in federal money to establish the healthcare exchanges called for in the Affordable Care Act. ... Otter’s savvy moves on this issue show the difference between elected representatives who are merely obstructionist and those who have to govern.”
—Spokesman-review, Spokane, Wash.