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 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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Developments in Precision Medicine the Focus of Capitol Hill Briefing

On Monday, April 20, the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) hosted a briefing highlighting the ongoing strides in making precision medicine a reality in everyday healthcare.  Dr. Marc Grodman, CEO of Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. and a member of the HLC, praised the collaboration and innovation that has led the current revolution in technological advances.  Dr. Grodman explained that diseases are more unique to the individual than one may realize, and that enabling the use of genetic information can transform healthcare delivery.  HLC President Mary R. Grealy pointed out that the ability to utilize any data gathered would be enhanced by successful efforts to make electronic health records fully interoperable.

An expert panel included Dr. Robert Daber, Bio-Reference Laboratories; Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, Mayo Clinic; and Dr. Wendy Chung, Columbia University/New York-Presbyterian. More Details »

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HLC President: Medicare Reform Legislation Delivers Multiple Gains for Beneficiaries, Healthcare System

WASHINGTON – The Medicare physician payment reform legislation that passed the U.S. Senate Tuesday night and is on its way to President Obama will have far-reaching positive effects for beneficiaries and for the U.S. healthcare system, the president of the Healthcare Leadership Council said today.

“The immediate benefits of this measure are well-known. Physicians will no longer have to wait anxiously each year to see if there will be deep cuts to their Medicare payments. Millions of families with children are assured that their health coverage will continue under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),” said HLC President Mary R. Grealy. “But this legislation can also serve as a catalyst for significant improvements in healthcare delivery and health system efficacy.” 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. More Details »

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