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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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Health Industry Leaders Applaud Over 170 Lawmakers for Letter Registering Concern over Scope, Potential Impact of Medicare, Medicaid Demonstration Projects

Letter States Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Has “Exceeded Its Authority”; Mandatory Demos Could “Drastically Deteriorate Quality of Life” for Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON – Over 170 members of Congress have signed a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services raising concerns over the size and scope of demonstration projects being carried out by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).  The Healthcare Leadership Council today applauded the letter and its message that CMMI demos must represent “true tests” of new healthcare payment systems rather than “wholesale changes to statute.”

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) is a coalition of chief executives from the nation’s leading healthcare companies, representing all health sectors.

The letter, which HLC has actively urged lawmakers to support, cites three proposed demonstration projects announced over the past year: a requirement that at least 800 hospitals in 67 geographical areas participate More Details »

Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute Webinar Addresses Barriers to Value-Based Care

The  Healthcare Leadership Council’s National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation, a platform that builds consensus among the health industry, patient groups, government and academia on issues affecting healthcare progress, hosted a webinar discussing the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.  Experts participating in the webinar focused on the need for reform of these laws in order remove barriers to cross-sector collaboration on behalf of patients in the evolution toward value-based care.

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Capitol Hill Briefing Spotlights Efforts to Combat Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

The Healthcare Leadership hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill that focused on the severe dangers stemming from the growing global problem of antibiotic resistance, and the best methods with which to address the lessened effectiveness of antimicrobials.  HLC member companies participated, and shared a diverse set of examples of how they have taken action to address the 700,000 casualties worldwide per year.


Left to right: Dr. Kristi Kuper, Vizient; Dr. Juan Ochoa, Nestlé Health Science; Dr. Michael Wong, Merck; Dr. Elaine Cox, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Elaine Cox, Medicare Director of Infection Prevention and Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship, of Indiana University Health, gave an educational overview.  She stated that there are close to 50 million unnecessary or inappropriate prescriptions for antibiotics handed out each year.  Taking antibiotics when they are not needed is a clear cause of antibiotic resistance.  Her motto was, “Right drug, right dose, right time.” More Details »

Statement by Healthcare Leadership Council President Mary R. Grealy On the Passing of Health Policy Leader Mike Bromberg

Former Executive Director of Federation of American Hospitals Conceptualized Creation of Multi-Sector Healthcare Leadership Council

It is with great sadness that we note the passing this weekend of Mike Bromberg, a leader in shaping health policy in the United States for more than four decades and whose work improved the quality and accessibility of healthcare for millions of Americans.

Mike will be best known as the executive director of the Federation of American Hospitals for 25 years and as founder and chairman of the influential Capitol Health Group consulting firm.  An important part of Mike’s legacy, as well, is his conceptualization in the 1980s of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a convening of leading chief executives from all sectors of American healthcare to bring a cohesive, comprehensive perspective to the most important issues facing patients and the health system.  HLC’s success in addressing these issues is due in no small part to Mike’s vision.

Mike Bromberg will be recognized as a pioneer in the development of modern healthcare policy, envisioning and advocating improvements in the delivery and financing of care.  His imprint on our healthcare system will resonate for years to come.  His creation of the Health Coverage Foundation, a charitable foundation to fund private health insurance coverage for low-income urban families, demonstrated his personal commitment to better healthcare for all. More Details »

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