Catalyst for Payment Reform told lawmakers this week that efforts to elicit better value for employer-sponsored health plans take a flawed approach to solving the pay-for-value problem.

The crux of the issue: health plans are being evaluated by the simplest measures rather than ones that dig deeper. For most purchasers of the plans, this only frustrates efforts to control costs and facilitate better outcomes for those covered.

"One of today's biggest shortcomings is the separation of price and quality information," Dr. Suzanne Delbanco, executive director of the group, said in an appearance before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.