Healthcare Leadership Council

Quality, Competition, Innovation

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.

What's Happening in Healthcare

More States Taking Action on Medicaid

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proposed a Medicaid plan for his state that would provide vouchers to individuals with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line to help purchase employer-provided health coverage that they would be otherwise unable to afford.

Haslam becomes the latest Republican governor to offer a plan to expand health coverage eligibility without moving toward conventional Medicaid eligibility expansion as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act.  As Jason Millman reported in Washington Post’s Wonkblog, GOP governors Matt Mead of Wyoming and Gary Herbert of Utah have also offered innovative Medicaid proposals since the midterm elections.  As well, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is negotiating with the Obama Administration for approval of expanded use of the state’s Healthy Indiana program, which authorizes health savings accounts for low-income citizens and an emphasis on preventive care, in place of conventional Medicaid expansion.

Currently, 27 states have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act and 23 have yet to do so.  This has led, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, to a coverage gap in which approximately four million Americans have income levels that do not allow them to qualify for Medicaid but are too low to be eligible for premium assistance in state health insurance exchanges.

HLC:  Medicare Payment Reform Essential During Congressional Lame Duck Session

In a letter it has co-signed with more than 60 other healthcare companies and associations, the Healthcare Leadership Council has urged the U.S. Senate and House leadership of both parties to repeal the current Medicare physician payment formula and enact payment reform before the current congressional “lame duck” session concludes.

The co-signing organizations told Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-NV) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House leaders John Boehner (R-OH), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) that the repeated temporary patches – 16 since 2003 — to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula “leave healthcare providers uncertain about payment rates they will receive year after year” and “continue to disadvantage physicians and health professionals who provide better care at lower costs.”

The letter points out that Congress has developed comprehensive bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would fix the Medicare payment formula and better reward health providers for patient care improvements.  The co-signers urged the House and Senate leadership to act expeditiously and “start the 114th Congress without another looming SGR deadline.”

HLC President: Data Infrastructure Change Will Have Profound Health Impact

untitledSpeaking to a national audience focused on health information technology, the president of the Healthcare Leadership Council said today there is strong momentum in support of a national interoperable health data network, and that policymakers need to ensure that clinicians, researchers and others involved in healthcare are able to share information that “can have the greatest impact on patients and on medicine’s future.

HLC President Mary R. Grealy spoke October 21 at the WEDI-Con conference in Reston, VA.  WEDI, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, is a public-private coalition focused on improving health data exchange to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs. More Details »

Telehealth’s Role in Healthcare’s Future Explored in HLC Hill Briefing
HLC Capitol Hill Briefing on Telehealth

Pictured left to right: Forest Blanton, Memorial Healthcare System; Elaine Manieri, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; Joe Vengco, Baystate Health; Mary R. Grealy, President, HLC; Dr. Richard Fessler, St. John Providence Health System.

On October 7 the Healthcare Leadership Council hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill in which leading private sector innovators discussed the latest developments in telehealth initiatives and challenges.  Each panelist provided a unique perspective on the benefits of telehealth, the next steps in achieving progress and the possible challenges to overcome in getting there.

The first panelist was Dr. Richard Fessler, the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. John Providence Health System, a member of HLC member Ascension Health.  Dr. Fessler spoke about stroke telemedicine and the mutually beneficial relationship it creates for patients and physicians.  More Details »