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V-BID Newsletter
September 2012
Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 10/9/12:
Texas Association of Health Plans
San Antonio, TX

Monday, 10/15/12:
National Academy for State Health Policy
Baltimore, MD

Tuesday, 10/16/12:
Grand Rounds,
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Washington, DC

Friday, 10/19/12:
SWOG (Oncology Group)

Thursday, 10/25/12
Health Care Summit, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Washington, DC

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 What do consumers think about V-BID?consumers
July 2012 Brief 
Our latest V-BID brief indicates that consumers are generally supportive of V-BID concepts but are concerned about interference in the doctor-patient relationship and fairness in V-BID approaches to cost-sharing.
Lowering the cost of prescription drugs improves medication adherenceannals
A meta-analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine supports key V-BID concepts that reducing co-payments for medications can improve compliance with a prescription drug regimen for people with chronic conditions.The full study funded by AHRQ, is publicly available.   
IOM report cites V-BID as potential way to reward high-value careiom
IOM A report this month from the Institute of Medicine singled out V-BID as having the potential to create incentives for consumers to better use health care dollars. (Cheat sheet: The V-BID reference is in Chapter 8.)
Employer-based health insurance premiums increase as does Medicaid's role in prevention services kff
An annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage increased by 4 percent  in 2012 to an average of nearly $16,000 per year while their latest brief details the role Medicaid plays in providing access to preventive services.
Looking for savings, employers increasingly adopt V-BIDworkforce
Workforce The September cover story in Workforce magazine quotes V-BID Center director
Dr. Mark Fendrick on what employers are doing to get more value for their money in health care spending. More and more organizations are adopting the principles behind V-BID as they redesign their employees' benefits. (Free site registration is required to see this article. To access use login: vbidcenter@umich.edu and password: vbid2012.)
We at the V-BID center hope you are having a safe and healthy fall.
The University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) leads in research, development and advocacy for innovative health benefit designs.

To contact the V-BID center, email us at
vbidcenter@umich.edu or call 734-615-9635

For examples of V-BID programs from across the country, visit our V-BID registry.

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