When it comes to health system change, the Affordable Care Act is only part of the picture. Health care in the U.S. is transforming on many fronts: Americans are increasingly getting their care from new types of providers, like medical homes and accountable care organizations, that take a holistic approach to patient care. Providers are relying more heavily on health information technology to boost their efficiency and effectiveness. Payers are seeking innovative ways to control costs, demanding greater value for their health care dollars.
In a new series of publications, The Commonwealth Fund explores these and other changes in U.S. health care. Geared toward the non-expert, the briefs provide readers with easy-to-digest information on what the reforms mean and how they will affect patients, providers, and purchasers.