Lee, T.H. (2010). “Putting the Value Framework to Work.” New England Journal of Medicine. Retrieved from http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1013111.
This article reviews the concept of “value” as applied to physicians and hospitals. It seeks to identify and measure existing value to patients using benchmarks such as hospital readmission rates and mortality rates to create meaningful data for physicians. Using this information, physicians can make educated choices about how to interact with different at high-risk health groups (i.e. those with increased risk of stroke) to reduce unnecessary readmission. The article argues that teamwork and clear communication among physicians, specialists, and the hospital are necessary to provide the best value to patients.