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.

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Healthcare Leadership Council Urges Swift Passage of Medicare Physician Payment Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON – A coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading healthcare companies and organizations today endorsed and encouraged rapid passage of congressional legislation to permanently replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment system with a stable payment approach that will bring greater certainty to healthcare providers while improving the quality of care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries.

“For far too many years, we have asked healthcare professionals to teeter on the cliff while they wait to see if Congress will rescue them at the last second from harsh Medicare payment cuts,” said Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) President Mary R. Grealy. “We applaud the bipartisan leadership in both the House and Senate for fashioning a system that is not only sensible and stable, but that will create meaningful incentives to strengthen healthcare quality.” More Details »

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Confidentiality Coalition Hosts Briefing on Patient Privacy Law

16731312898_dbe785fbd7_zThe Healthcare Leadership Council-led Confidentiality Coalition, made up of companies and organizations from throughout the health care spectrum, hosted a “HIPAA 101” briefing on Capitol Hill on March 23 to apprise congressional staffers of the patient privacy law’s key facets.

HLC members and panelists included Sara A. Juster, Associate General Counsel and Privacy Officer for Surescripts; Blair W. Barnhart-Hinkle, Director of Government Relations for the Cleveland Clinic; and Jennifer S. Geetter of the McDermott, Will and Emery firm.

The panelists discussed how health information is protected across a variety of health settings, noting that data security is not a one-time project, but an ongoing dynamic process. They also addressed proposals – including ones involving prior consent for access to medical record and restricted access to medical records – which would potentially harm patients rather than help them.

Materials from the briefing are posted here. For more information, contact

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New Poll Shows High Satisfaction Rates for Medicare Advantage

A bipartisan survey of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries shows overwhelming satisfaction with the program, with more than nine of 10 respondents saying they are pleased with the coverage they are receiving through their health plan. The survey was conducted in late February by The Winston Group and The Mellman Group on behalf of the Better Medicare Alliance, of which the Healthcare Leadership Council is a member.

The survey also found that, of seniors who have switched from conventional Medicare fee-for-service to a Medicare Advantage plan, 58 percent said their Medicare Advantage coverage was preferable compared to just two percent who favored fee-for-service.

Release of the poll results comes at a time in which a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives has issued a letter warning against proposed cuts to the Medicare Advantage program, writing that “they represent a significant threat to the health and financial security of seniors in our congressional districts.”

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Healthcare Leadership Council Announces Support for Legislation to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board

Council Representing Multiple Health Sectors Says Roe-Sanchez Bipartisan Bill Will Protect Beneficiaries’ Access to Quality Healthcare

WASHINGTON – The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of leading companies and organizations from multiple health sectors, today expressed its support for the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act (H.R. 1190), bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and more than 200 cosponsors that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

IPAB is a board comprised of 15 political appointees that would have unprecedented powers to slash Medicare expenditures without conventional oversight or accountability. Even if IPAB members do not act to cut Medicare, or if appointees are not named or confirmed for the board, these powers would transfer to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Said HLC President Mary R. Grealy, “The way IPAB is structured, if the board is activated to cut Medicare in order to reach an arbitrary spending level, it will almost certainly have to be done by reducing payments to those who provide healthcare goods and services to Medicare beneficiaries. This will inevitably have a harmful impact on access to care, quality of care and the ability of seniors and Americans with disabilities to benefit from new medical innovations.” More Details »

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Nation’s Healthcare Leaders Meet in Unprecedented Summit to Focus on How Medical Innovation Can Be Affordable, Accessible and Sustainable

NDHI webcast button“Payers, providers, manufacturers, patients, government, employers all need to be at the same table and speaking the same language,”d
said HLC President Mary R. Grealy

WASHINGTON – More than 80 influential leaders in healthcare gathered in the nation’s capital March 2 to begin a process designed to develop healthcare payment and delivery systems that encourage innovation, while achieving greater value and long-term financial sustainability. The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) – a coalition of chief executives from providers, payers, manufacturers and other health sectors – convened the day-long event.

NDHI-logoThe Summit on Healthcare Value and Innovation involved leaders from all health sectors including health insurers, hospitals, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers; officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology; employer organizations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation and Business Roundtable; and Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, fellow, Center for American Progress.

“It has never been society’s charge to ask innovation to wait a minute until we’re ready for it,” said HLC President Mary R. Grealy, in opening the Summit. “Genies don’t go back into the bottle. It is up to leaders in both the private and public sectors to find a way to connect patients and consumers with these game-changing innovations in ways that are affordable, reliable, stable and sustainable.” More Details »

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