The Best Care, The Lowest Cost: One Idea at a Time is a national story contest that invited patients, clinicians and administrators to share real stories of successes and failures in pursuit of affordable healthcare. According to a New York Times/CBS Poll, half of Americans have identified the affordability of basic medical care as a hardship. With healthcare costs projected to exceed $5 trillion annually within the next 10 years, now is the time to bring clinical and financial leaders together to make care affordable. This national story contest provided an opportunity to share ideas and to start a conversation between physicians and finance leaders on how to create a healthcare system that delivers better value.  

To provide a broader platform for those stories to be shared, four organizations representing the clinical, financial and technology realms of healthcare—Costs of Care, Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Yale New Haven Health System and Strata Decision Technology—came together to launch this contest.  

This e-book includes stories from both this contest and prior Costs of Care contests over the last five years to inspire others to improve healthcare delivery, think creatively about solutions, and ultimately help shape the transformation of the U.S. healthcare system to deliver higher value care.

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Publication Date: Friday, November 06, 2015