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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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.

Senators Focus on Improving Healthcare Through Big Data

Senate Finance Committee leaders want to empower healthcare consumers through the widespread availability of health data.

  • Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) have queried stakeholders in healthcare about what would improve health data sharing and usage.  This is a major issue for the Healthcare Leadership Council, which has released its own multi-sector principles on health data access.
  • Their questions are premised on the idea that making more health data available to the public will enable consumers of healthcare to control their health costs.
  • Chairman Wyden elaborated on his thinking at a forum sponsored by the Business Roundtable and AARP.  His remarks there partly overlapped with his recent comments to the Healthcare Leadership Council.

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Wearable Device Webinar Focuses on Employee Health

imageThe Healthcare Leadership Council hosted a webinar on June 17 focused on how wearable device can transform population health, as demonstrated by successful investments being made in employee health. Guest experts from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST), Cleveland Clinic and McKesson highlighted the success of their wellness programs, establishing that wearable technologies which track physical activity and connect to a personal online profile are making a positive difference.

According to Kera Smith of BCBST, the culture established by an employer is key to performance. An organization that creates an atmosphere that encourages healthy behavior leads to employees that are more actively engaged in wellness programs. BCBST links its pedometer program to incentives and has tracked 1.4 billion steps this year. More Details »