This year has been an extremely busy one for our team at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. As we mentioned in February when we launched our brand refresh, our look may have changed but our commitment to amplifying the patient’s voice in medical decisions has not. And I believe that is evident in what we’ve accomplished this year. So I’d like to take a moment to highlight just a few of our accomplishments in 2012 and what we have to look forward to in 2013.
President Obama’s re-election now makes it all but certain that implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will progress. With a clearer picture of the health care landscape ahead of us, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and our colleagues will continue to pursue the opportunities laid out in the ACA to foster nation-wide implementation of shared decision making (SDM). I’d like to point out two key organizations established through the ACA that we hope to work closely with over the coming years. The first being the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), which cultivates health care transformation by finding new ways to pay for and deliver better care and better health at lower costs.