Stability & Sustainability
As important as it is to encourage transformative innovation, it is equally vital that health policy bring greater stability to a tumultuous legislative and regulatory environment and take steps to strengthen the healthcare system’s financial sustainability.
There are opportunities to move toward greater stability and sustainability. The next Congress should take meaningful action to improve the Affordable Care Act after years of political standoffs. And the debate will continue, as well, on ways to strengthen the Medicare program, even if major action does not occur until after the 2016 presidential election.
Policymakers need to understand that, for private sector healthcare to be the catalyst for major change that benefits patients and consumers, companies need a policy environment that enables them to be financially stable, viable and to plan effectively for the future.
more information on Stability & Sustainability:
State of Play: The 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule included the first major changes to the physician self-referral rule (Stark law) since 2009. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services … Continued
State of Play: On May 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year (FY) 2017 spending bill that would provide $2.76 billion in discretionary funding for the Food and … Continued
State of Play: The first order of business in the 115th Congress is repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) using the budget reconciliation process. As of the end of … Continued
State of Play: President Donald Trump has said he will block-grant Medicaid to the states. The U.S. House Speaker’s GOP health reform plan calls for Medicaid financing reforms through per … Continued
State of Play: In early November, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a meeting to discuss what steps would be needed if Congress approved legislation to move Medicare to … Continued
State of Play: One of the areas of healthcare in which strong federal support is necessary is in ensuring a strong healthcare workforce to meet the rising patient demand resulting … Continued