Patients Need Both Innovation and Accountability

September 29, 2016

Let’s begin this post by stipulating the concept behind the creation of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is both sound and important. CMMI was created as part … Continued

The Challenge of Assessing Value in a Value-Based Healthcare System

September 21, 2016

The Healthcare Leadership Council released its National Dialogue for Healthcare Innovation (NDHI) policy recommendations earlier this year. One of the core policy reforms we advocate involves concrete steps to speed … Continued

Let the Public Option Rest in Peace

August 24, 2016

Most will remember that one of the most spirited debates during congressional consideration of the Affordable Care Act, back in the early days of the Obama administration, concerned the proposed … Continued

Campaigns, Honesty and the Future of Medicare

August 17, 2016

It’s like a bad rerun, but one with real consequences.  Every two years, some political candidates and the interest groups that support them decide the best way to boost their … Continued

A Decade of Proving Critics Wrong

July 27, 2016

As it was enacted into law in 2003, the Medicare prescription drug benefit, which would come to be known as Medicare Part D, had no shortage of critics.  A New … Continued

An Innovation-Centric Approach to Pricing and Accessibility

July 7, 2016

“Policy should not lose sight of the fact that new treatments represent miracles to many patients, and should encourage more, not less innovation.” With those words in her op-ed in … Continued

The Trustees Report and the Need for Action

June 22, 2016

On a day in which the House Republicans are announcing their alternative health reform plan, House Democrats are staging a sit-in over gun laws, and the presumptive presidential nominees are … Continued

Utilizing Technology to Propel Precision Medicine Forward

April 4, 2016

As we’ve seen, there has been a steadily increasing level of discussion and enthusiasm surrounding precision medicine.  The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) has remained engaged in this conversation, given the … Continued

Medicare Embraces the ‘Ounce of Prevention’ Philosophy

March 23, 2016

We’ve long maintained that Medicare can be a stronger program, both in terms of protecting the health of its beneficiaries and in improved cost-efficiency, if it did a better job … Continued

Examining Comparative Effectiveness Research and Healthcare’s Future

March 10, 2016

There is an event taking place next week that I would like to spotlight and recommend.  The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) is hosting a webinar on comparative effectiveness research (CER) … Continued