American College of Physicians: Control costs with better value

February 25, 2011

The ability to control healthcare costs depends on providing the best value of care, according to a guidelines committee of ACP.

The ability to control healthcare costs depends on providing the best value of care, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP) clinical guidelines committee.

In an attempt to develop clinical practice guidelines, the committee plans to address the possibility of controlling costs while maintaining or improving quality of care, as well as how clinicians can contribute to the delivery of high-value healthcare. A recent report published in Annals of Internal Medicine provides recommendations for determining value.

Physicians should use three assessment tools, the committee says. First is to determine the benefits, harms, and costs of the care. Physicians should weigh the potential improvements in the patient's health and quality of life, as well as the potential problems that can arise from the care and whether a test or intervention is necessary.