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 Mary R. Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council on the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell Decision

The good news coming out of the Court’s decision today is that over six million Americans in 34 states are not facing the risk of losing affordable healthcare coverage.  Similarly, the individual health insurance marketplace is not in danger of the destabilization that would accompany an elimination of health insurance subsidies.

Today’s decision must not, however, be interpreted as an end to the dialogue over healthcare policy in this country and the need to improve the Affordable Care Act.  In recent days, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed two important pieces of legislation, to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board and to eliminate the excise tax on medical devices.  These should be the initial steps in a continuing bipartisan effort to protect and expand healthcare access and elevate healthcare quality and value.

We look forward to working with Congress and the executive branch in pursuing our shared goals for a healthcare system that is accessible, affordable, innovative, patient-centered and constantly improving.

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Healthcare Leadership Council Applauds U.S. House for Vote to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board

In Earlier Letter to Congress, HLC, Other Groups Said IPAB Would Be “Devastating to Patients”

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House voted by a wide margin, 244-154, to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a step praised by the Healthcare Leadership Council, an organization comprised of leaders from all U.S. healthcare sectors.

The House’s 90-vote margin supporting the repeal legislation introduced by Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) included “yes” votes by 11 House Democrats, a deceptively low number. Almost double that number of Democrats co-sponsored the Roe-Sanchez legislation but some eventually voted against it because of disagreements over how to pay for the measure.

In an earlier letter to Congress signed by the Healthcare Leadership Council and over 500 organizations representing patients, healthcare providers, veterans, employers and Americans with disabilities, it was pointed out that IPAB-generated Medicare cuts would adversely affect access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. More Details »

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CMS Announces Plans to Allow Broader Access to Medicare Data; Healthcare Leadership Council Applauds Action That Will Elevate Healthcare Quality, Promote Medical Innovation

WASHINGTON – The Healthcare Leadership Council, an alliance of leading companies and organizations from multiple health sectors, today strongly praised the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) following the agency’s announcement today that it will make CMS data such as Medicare claims available to private sector “innovators and entrepreneurs.”

“Our ability to build a superb, evidence-based, innovative healthcare system hinges on information,” said HLC President Mary R. Grealy. “The knowledge gained from tens of millions of patient interactions with the healthcare system will create a pathway toward better care, fewer disparities in both treatment and outcomes, and improved tools and therapies to manage and prevent disease. By making this data accessible to the private sector, CMS is making it possible for this process to accelerate.” More Details »

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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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