Helping policymakers create public policies that improve care and moderate costs
The passage of health reform was just the beginning. The health reform law included many provisions that can help the private sector Engage Consumers, Pay for Value and Redesign Care - if properly implemented and mirrored in the private sector. PBGH leverages the strength and expertise of its members in the national capitol, collaborating with like-minded consumer, provider, and purchaser organizations to advocate policies that support value. We also engage in high-leverage state level policy efforts - including in the implementation of Insurance Exchanges and health information exchange.
PBGH helps shape and advance policy in the following ways:
Providing Core Leadership to coalitions, including the Consumer-Purchaser Alliance
Sharing our expertise and our members’ experience as an expert and advisor to government and private sector standards bodies such as the Health IT Policy Committee, the National Quality Forum, the National Priorities Partnership and many others.
PBGH provides leadership on a wide variety of health policy issues including:
- Health Insurance Exchanges
- Accountable Care Organizations to improve quality and cost
- Supporting Performance Measurement
- Health Information Technology to improve quality and efficiency
- Supporting consumer decision-making
- Payment Reform to reward quality and efficiency
- Comparative Effectiveness to improve quality and cost
- Public Reporting to share performance measures with the public
Spotlight: Buried deep in the hundreds of pages of the new health care reform law is a reason for hope
Health care reform outlined a series of tools that, if implemented effectively, could finally begin to bend the cost trend and improve quality. For example, starting in 2011, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute will begin to compare the effectiveness of different treatments. If the Institute is adequately funded, it is the first step in moving toward a health care system that delivers care proven to work, and less expensive options when quality is not compromised. Starting in 2012, Medicare will launch Accountable Care Organization pilots, a new care delivery model that makes providers more responsible for the cost and quality of the care they provide. If these pilots are properly structured, expected to meet high standards, they could do a lot to control costs and improve care quality. Now is the time to support these tools, to push for robust roll out and implementation of the law. PBGH is a continual presence in Washington, D.C. during this critical time. Learn more about the dozens of issues PBGH is working on every week to ensure the law is implemented to improve health care quality and moderate costs.