Letters to Trump – Continue Focus on Value-Based Payment

Two Letters to Trump from Healthcare Leaders – Continue Focus on Value-Based Payment

By Robert James Cimasi MHA CMP™

Health Capital Consultants, Inc

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In December 2016 and January 2017, over 100 leading healthcare organizations sent two letters to President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence lobbying the Trump Administration to continue the shift in healthcare reimbursement from volume-based to value-based payment models.
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The expansion of the number and scope of value-based reimbursement programs following the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in keeping with the national strategy regarding healthcare reimbursement in the landmark legislation; most notably the fourth priority established by the ACA, i.e., to “…improve Federal payment policy to emphasize quality and efficiency…
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However, in light of the criticism of many in the Trump Administration regarding value-based reimbursement models, most notably Tom Price, M.D., the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), many healthcare delivery organizations felt compelled to advocate for continued implementation of such payment systems, and acted by sending the above referred letters to the new administration.
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This Health Capital Topics article summarizes the contents of those two letters received by the Trump Administration, and discusses how this advocacy fits into the current uncertainty surrounding healthcare reform. (Read more…) 

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