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FAH Statement on Administration’s Launch of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

March 25, 2015 | Chip Kahn

Category: Health Care Delivery, Medicare

Today’s launch of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (“Network”) provides an important opportunity to increase our understanding of how to get the most value in health care delivery.  The Network should provide a platform for a broad spectrum of stakeholders to share ideas and best practices that enables clinicians and providers to best meet the needs of their patients.  The FAH thanks President Obama and Secretary Burwell for their leadership in this initiative.

We are witnessing the beginning stages of major changes in America’s health care payment and delivery system.  Hopefully these changes will continue to be positive.   We have already seen remarkable results with the historic slowdown in the growth in health care costs and the sustained improvements in patient care quality.  But there is more to be done.

Any value-based reforms require good quality performance measures.  The FAH urges the Network to initially focus on ensuring that comparable and effective quality measures of performance be incorporated in any new value-based payment models to be tested, and that alignment of metrics between public and private health coverage be stressed.  Among the immediate benefits would be improved clarity and transparency for consumers and greater gains in quality of care.

We reiterate our strong view that moving to value-based payment in Medicare must be founded on reforms that have a proven track record to achieve intended policy objectives which provide the proper incentives for caregivers and continued access to the best care for beneficiaries. So, it is essential that time be allowed to test new approaches and ensure that only reforms proven to be effective are put in place.

The FAH looks forward to working with other stakeholders in the Network to identify barriers to patient-centered care and care coordination that can pave the way for further innovation patient care and delivery models.