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

Statement by Healthcare Leadership Council President Mary R. Grealy on the HHS Issuance of a Draft Health IT Interoperability Roadmap

We applaud the Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on the development of a roadmap designed to lead the nation toward health information interoperability and the improved healthcare system that will result.

The benefits that will accompany full interoperability are undeniable.  Secure data sharing that protects patient privacy while making vital information accessible system-wide will strengthen healthcare quality and cost-efficiency while enabling new breakthroughs in medical research.

The Healthcare Leadership Council has met with Dr. (Karen) DeSalvo, the National Coordinator for Health IT, and have shared the multi-sector principles our member companies have developed regarding interoperability and the exchange of health information.  We commend Secretary Burwell and Dr. DeSalvo for advocating, in both words and deeds, a public-private partnership to achieve interoperability and for their continuing efforts to seek the ideas and expertise of those in the private sector who have achieved meaningful progress in this arena.

Healthcare Leaders Urge Senate Committee to Protect Affordable Care Act Workplace Wellness Programs

In Statement to Senate HELP Committee, HLC President Grealy Said EEOC Lawsuits Have Created Uncertainty in Employer Community, Urged Congress to Press for Clarity 

WASHINGTON – The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from companies and organizations representing all health sectors, today urged the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to protect workplace wellness provisions of the Affordable Care Act, which have recently come under assault in the form of lawsuits brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In her letter to committee members, HLC President Mary R. Grealy wrote that “well-designed, evidence-based workplace wellness programs have produced significant cost savings and positive return on investment of approximately three dollars for every dollar invested.” She expressed strong support for the Affordable Care Act provisions that allow health insurance premium incentives connected to wellness programs. More Details »

National Summit Will Address Healthcare Innovation, Cost Stability and System Sustainability

Leaders from Multiple Health Industry Sectors, Government, Business, Academia and Patient Groups Will Meet on March 2 to Develop New Approaches to Healthcare Payment, Delivery Systems

WASHINGTON – The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from healthcare providers, payers, manufacturers and other health sectors, announced today that it will host a summit meeting on March 2 in Washington, DC to address how evolving healthcare payment and delivery systems can encourage innovation and achieve greater value and financial sustainability.NDHI-logo

The summit, according to HLC President Mary R. Grealy, will include leaders from all health sectors as well as the legislative and executive branches of government, employers, academia and patient advocacy organizations. The meeting is part of HLC’s National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation (NDHI) initiative, a project designed to bring diverse interests together to develop consensus approaches on issues affecting healthcare progress. More Details »

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.