Going Below The Surface E-newsletter: September 2021
September 28, 2021
This issue is bittersweet for us, as it marks the last time you’ll see this e-newsletter in its current form. We are sunsetting the Going Below The Surface (GBTS) initiative after four years of lively dialogue on health spending with our GBTS partners.
We kicked off GBTS in 2018 to broaden and improve the conversation around how we use health care resources in the United States. Our aim was to better understand the roots of the nation’s health investments by promoting a discussion that is firmly based in health policy and systems research. Our goal: to provide clarity on how best to optimize health care spending so that patients receive the right care while simultaneously providing the right incentives to sustain next-generation innovation to improve patient well-being and health system efficiencies.
While we are sunsetting GBTS, our interest in continuing to nurture a productive and informed dialogue about the drivers of U.S. health care spending hasn’t waned.
We encourage you to stay engaged on the topic. We’ll continue to dig deeper on health spending research and themes, with the goal of fostering evidence-based conversations. Those questions, and those challenges, aren’t going away.
Thank you to the diverse partner organizations who collaborated with us as part of the GBTS Forum to promote dialogue, develop research and communicate about health spending topics.
Highlights from these efforts include:
We’ll be back with a different iteration of this e-newsletter at the end of October, and you’ll see one every other month.
Conversations about health spending are still bubbling across the nation, especially as the federal and state governments plan and manage their budgets for the coming fiscal year. Here are a few places where you can participate in health spending discussions: