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 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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Experts: Medicare Advantage Plans Provide Better Care for Chronic Disease Patients
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Dr. Bart Barrett of MemorialCare Health System answers a question from a congressional staffer. He is flanked by Allen Gutierrez of The Latino Coalition and Diane Laird of MemorialCare.

At a Capitol Hill briefing hosted by the Healthcare Leadership Council, congressional staffers heard from experts from the healthcare provider, plan and patient/consumer communities about the importance of the Medicare Advantage program in providing affordable, comprehensive, coordinated care to beneficiaries dealing with chronic illnesses.

The briefing featured experts from SCAN Health Plan, MemorialCare Health System and The Latino Coalition.

The information shared at the briefing included:

· Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans has virtually tripled in the past decade.

· According to Dr. Romilla Batra of SCAN Health Plan, Medicare Advantage plans provide a level of care for special needs patients with chronic health conditions that conventional fee-for-service Medicare can’t match. More Details »

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