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.
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.
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 »
One Hundred Organizations Send Letter to Capitol Hill Urging Change in CBO Scoring Rules for Disease Prevention Programs
Patient, Health Industry, Employer Groups Offer Support for Legislation That Would Enable CBO to Analyze Long-Term Benefits of Preventive Health
WASHINGTON – Noting that chronic illnesses account for more than 80 percent of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual healthcare spending, 100 organizations – including numerous patient advocacy organizations, multiple health industry sectors, and the nation’s leading employers – have sent a letter to Capitol Hill endorsing legislation that would change the way the Congressional Budget Office analyzes possible savings from disease prevention programs.
The organizations declared their support for the Preventive Health Savings Act, which would require CBO to analyze whether preventive health initiatives would generate savings beyond the conventional 10-year scoring window. This extensive analysis would need to be requested by the chair or ranking minority member of a congressional budget or health-related committee. The legislation is co-sponsored in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Angus King (I-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tom Udall (D-NM). 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 »