The absence of information on purchaser activity was a major theme in our interviews. While it is unclear what part of this area should be considered demand side and what part supply side, there is clearly a need for better information on what purchasers offer, how much they pay, what they are doing to influence the health care system and markets, and what this means for public policy.
- Suggestion #4. HHS staff should consider current initiatives that affect employers as part of the HHS survey integration project, through other federal agencies, and outside HHS. They should review this report and determine whether the scope of current activity is adequate or whether additional steps need to be taken to address these needs.