Interest in patient and family engagement through a process of shared decision making (SDM) continues to grow within medical and health policy communities. Some of the most notable advances in recent years include provisions supporting shared decision making in the Affordable Care Act, inclusion of SDM in important CMS initiatives including Accountable Care Organizations, endorsements of SDM by organizations such as the American Medical Association and AARP, and the focus on getting information about comparative effectiveness to patients from the Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).
While there is still much work to do to ensure medical shared decision making is the rule and not the exception, we continue to move forward with this endeavor by engaging with key stakeholders.
In May we convened a meeting of patient advocates, payors, providers, researchers and policy makers through the support of The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. This forum provided an opportunity to discuss the critical issue of misaligned incentives in health care reimbursement and how we can work together to make patient engagement through shared decision making a reality for all. One product from this discussion is The Aligning Incentives Statement which provides an action plan for creating sustainable models of shared decision making in the U.S. and beyond. We hope you will join us in endorsing this plan and by taking the actions necessary to ensure health care decisions are made with active participation from fully engaged and informed patients and families.
In addition, we are pleased to make the presentation slides and video recordings from this meeting available to you on our website.