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NAM Summarizes Work on Bipartisan Health Policy Agenda

On Sept. 26, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released concise summaries of the efforts of 19 working groups to develop a bipartisan health policy agenda.

The groups — convened earlier this year as part of the “Vital Directions” initiative — include more than 100 leaders in a variety of stakeholder sectors. They focused on identifying specific measures to improve health care, strengthen science and technology related to health care and medicine, and improve population health in the United States.

The 19 viewpoints, published online in JAMA, include:

Two accompanying editorials — one by C. David Naylor, MD, of the University of Toronto’s department of medicine, and another by Howard Koh, MD, with Harvard University’s Chan School of Public Health — outline the findings in and offer commentary on the 19 summaries.

The viewpoints are not official recommendations from NAM. An overall report on the working groups’ findings will be published after wide discussion of these summaries.

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Michelle Rosenfeld is senior writer/editor at America's Essential Hospitals.

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