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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Capitol Hill Briefing Explores New Innovations in Diabetes Care, Therapies
Dr Robert A Vigersky-Medtronic

Dr. Robert A. Vigersky, Medtronic Diabetes Medical Director, discusses how the medical technology sector is bringing innovation to diabetes care.

Experts from multiple health industry sectors spoke on new innovations in diabetes care and therapies at a Capitol Hill briefing on Monday, May 18.  HLC President Mary R. Grealy drew attention to projections by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention that one in every three Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050, but noted that actions are being taken to curb this escalation rate.

Dr. Kathryn Strother of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, LA talked about the importance of standardizing quality benchmarks and coordinating education and care management activities.  Consistency in care across hospitals and facilities in educating the patient and encouraging physician engagement are key factors in proper disease management, she said. More Details »

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Healthcare Leadership Council Calls For Expanded Access to Medicare, Medicaid Claims Data in 21st Century Cures Legislation

WASHINGTON – In a statement provided today to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) – a coalition of chief executives from companies and organizations in every health sector – said the 21st Century Cures legislation being developed should include provisions expanding access to Medicare and Medicaid claims data which “will accelerate efforts to develop new treatments and cures in the private sector.”

Today, the Energy and Commerce health subcommittee approved the bipartisan 21st Century Cures measure, legislation intended to modernize the discovery, development and delivery of innovative disease treatments and cures, and sent the bill to the full committee.

In the HLC statement, President Mary R. Grealy wrote, “HLC strongly believes that any effort to accelerate treatments and cures must include robust real-world data sharing from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…As publicly-funded entities, federal agencies have an obligation to share data that will accelerate efforts to develop new treatments and cures in the private sector.” More Details »

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Over 500 Healthcare, Patient, Employer, Veteran Groups Call on Congress to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board

Letter to Capitol Hill Says IPAB, Once Implemented, “Would Be Devastating to Patients” and Will Shift Costs to Consumers, Employers

WASHINGTON – Over 500 national and state-based organizations, representing virtually every state in the union, have signed a letter to Congress calling upon lawmakers to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provision of the Affordable Care Act, an entity they say would impair Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care and remove public accountability from the Medicare decisionmaking process.

The letter reaches Congress at a time in which bipartisan IPAB repeal legislation in the U.S. House – the “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act” introduced by Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) – currently has 220 additional cosponsors, a majority of the House. More Details »

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Capitol Hill Forum Spotlights Efforts to Address Obesity Challenge

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D. address the Healthcare Leadership Council forum on anti-obesity initiatives.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D. headlined a Healthcare Leadership Council-sponsored forum on Capitol Hill, telling a large audience that the nation’s battle against obesity begins with community involvement and teaching sound nutrition and lifestyle choices at an early age. Dr. Murthy also talked about the need to unify anti-obesity efforts across multiple sectors – traditional and non-traditional – in order to achieve cultural change.

The HLC forum, entitled “Healthcare’s Heavyweight Battle: How America Can Win the Fight Against Obesity,” also included experts from companies making inroads in addressing America’s obesity crisis which, as HLC president Mary Grealy said in her opening remarks, has grown from affecting 13 percent of the population in the early 1960s to 35 percent today. More Details »

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