Healthcare Leadership Council

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The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare, is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.

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Make Federal Health Data Sources More Broadly Available, Healthcare Leadership Council Advises Senators Wyden, Grassley

In Response to Senators’ Request for Counsel on Data Transparency,  HLC Sees Future in which Private, Public Sectors Share Digital Information

HLC president Mary R. Grealy testified on access to federal health data before the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee.

WASHINGTON –  In response to a request from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a committee member, for ideas on how to improve healthcare transparency, the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) has said improving the quality and accessibility of health data is essential to improve healthcare delivery while reducing health costs.

In a letter to the two senators, HLC president Mary R. Grealy wrote, “We see an opportunity to collectively work toward a future of better health and healthcare by improving accessibility and quality of health data to accelerate progress in medicines, improve the quality of care delivery, reduce costs and create other benefits that we cannot yet imagine.” More Details »

New Survey Shows Nearly Nine of Ten Seniors Satisfied With Their Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

75 Percent of Seniors Concerned About Reducing the Number of Part D Plan Choices Available to Them

WASHINGTON – A new nationwide survey of 65-and-older Americans confirmed overwhelming support of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program, with 86 percent saying they are satisfied with their plans and similar numbers noting their premiums and co-pays are affordable.

The new survey also quantifies the importance of plan choice to seniors. 75 percent of respondents say it is important to them to have a variety of plans from which to choose, and 74 percent said they would be concerned about any moves to limit those choices.

Medicare Today chairperson Mary R. Grealy said the new survey underscores the importance of prudence in making changes to Medicare Part D that could undermine the program’s success.

“The Part D program has transformed the lives of millions of seniors. It’s widely seen as affordable, easy to use and a good value,” she said. “Policymakers should act with care before altering the structure that has made Medicare Part D one of the federal government’s most successful programs, one that advances the health of beneficiaries and is an ally to the pocketbooks of both seniors and taxpayers.” More Details »

Statement by Mary R. Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council on the 2014 Medicare Trustees Report

“This should not be taken by policymakers as a rationale for complacency or inaction.”

“It is welcome news that Medicare’s insolvency date, according to the Trustees’ projections, has been moved to 2030, but this should not be taken by policymakers as a rationale for complacency or inaction.

“There is a lack of consensus as to the reason for the lower per-capita spending rates we’ve seen of late in the Medicare program, but there is an inarguable recognition that Medicare’s greatest challenges lie ahead with the aging of the population, projected rises in chronic disease rates and increased utilization of health services.

“The longer Washington waits to place Medicare on a sound, sustainable financial path, the more difficult the task will be. Ideas are at hand awaiting debate and action. Just last September, the Congressional Budget Office analyzed reforms that could reduce costs for both beneficiaries and the Medicare program as a whole. The Medicare Trustees report must be viewed not as an endorsement of the status quo, but rather as a call to take action to preserve Medicare for future generations of beneficiaries.”

HLC President:  Medical Progress Will Be Advanced by Opening Up Access to Federal Health Data

In Testimony Before House Subcommittee, Grealy Also Tells Congress it Must Scrutinize Impact of Physician Payment “Sunshine Act” on Health Innovation

WASHINGTON – In testimony before the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee today, Healthcare Leadership Council president Mary R. Grealy testified that, in order to advance health system improvements and medical research, federal health data should no longer be denied to commercial entities.

Ms. Grealy’s testimony came in a subcommittee hearing on the Energy and Commerce “21st Century Cures” initiative and existing barriers to developing and communicating medical evidence.  The Healthcare Leadership Council is a coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading healthcare companies and organizations.  An HLC member CEO, Michael Mussallem of Edwards Lifesciences, also testified at the hearing.
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Hill Briefing:  Patient Adherence Critical to Improved Outcomes, Cost Containment

Experts from inVentiv Health, Novartis, SCAN Health Plan, and Walgreens discussed various aspects of patient adherence at a July 14 congressional briefing hosted by the Healthcare Leadership Council.  As discussed at the briefing, evidence is mounting that adherence to medications, therapies, and healthy behaviors can significantly improve health and reduce health system costs.

The briefing discussed a number of issues including the need to tailor adherence strategies for different segments of the patient population, new tools and technologies to encourage adherence, and the different touchpoints within the healthcare system at which patients can be engaged.

Click here for more information, including materials, that were distributed at the briefing.