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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Capitol Hill Briefing Will Focus on Health Information Interoperability

Members of the Healthcare Leadership Council will share information on strides being made in the private sector to achieve health information interoperability at a Capitol Hill briefing next Monday, September 22.

The briefing will feature experts from athenahealth, Marshfield Clinic, McKesson and Surescripts and will take place in the Rayburn House Office Building from noon to 1 p.m.

It is necessary to RSVP in order to attend the briefing.  To RSVP, and for further information, contact Christopher Adamec at

Harvard Researchers Confirm Cost, Quality Benefits of Medicare Advantage

What seniors have known for a decade, academics are confirming.  The common sense is that Medicare Advantage delivers high quality and value in healthcare.

  • Since its strengthening in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act, the Medicare Advantage program has consistently won high marks from seniors.
  • Now, Harvard economists confirm that the MA program outperforms conventional Medicare.
  • Their research is reported in a recent Milbank Quarterly.  The article is titled “How Successful Is Medicare Advantage?”
  • Healthcare leaders have long pointed to Medicare Advantage’s not-so-secret sauce:  consumer choice and competition at the core of its model.

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Leaders from Multiple Health Sectors Identify Challenges in Accessing Federal Health Data to Improve Health, Healthcare

Report from Healthcare Leadership Council, Bipartisan Policy Center Underscores Importance of Data Access to Clinical Decision-making, Population Health, Health System Improvements

WASHINGTON – Healthcare leaders from multiple sectors believe government policymakers should move toward expanding access to federally-held health data in order to elevate population health, improve clinical and consumer decision-making and support improving delivery and payment system models designed to improve American healthcare, according to a report released today by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).

The report summarizes the outcomes of an April 3 roundtable discussion hosted by HLC and BPC involving more than 35 leaders from academic and research institutions, hospitals and health systems, health plans, life sciences organizations and technology companies. Representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute participated as well. More Details »

Make Federal Health Data Sources More Broadly Available, Healthcare Leadership Council Advises Senators Wyden, Grassley

In Response to Senators’ Request for Counsel on Data Transparency,  HLC Sees Future in which Private, Public Sectors Share Digital Information

HLC president Mary R. Grealy testified on access to federal health data before the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee.

WASHINGTON –  In response to a request from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), a committee member, for ideas on how to improve healthcare transparency, the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) has said improving the quality and accessibility of health data is essential to improve healthcare delivery while reducing health costs.

In a letter to the two senators, HLC president Mary R. Grealy wrote, “We see an opportunity to collectively work toward a future of better health and healthcare by improving accessibility and quality of health data to accelerate progress in medicines, improve the quality of care delivery, reduce costs and create other benefits that we cannot yet imagine.” More Details »