By Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier
The Premier healthcare alliance looks forward to working with President Trump and the Republican Congress to achieve a consumer and healthcare provider led transformation of our healthcare system. We believe that building on reforms, such as MACRA, to advance alternative payment models will achieve measurably higher quality and more cost effective healthcare for Americans. We are proud that members of the Premier alliance have led the way in this transformation, and we intend to continue that leadership by working with them to make strategic decisions for success, including through our MACRA Roadmap.
There is a great deal to be done to transform healthcare. At the top of the list is achieving interoperability of health IT systems, specifically EHRs, which we encourage Congress to address in the upcoming lame duck session. We also believe more needs to be done to incent providers to move to alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations. This can be accomplished by eliminating cumbersome and antiquated regulations, reducing the level of risk required in establishing these models, and ensuring competition by creating a level playing field for all healthcare providers seeking to enter these models. We have laid out many of these recommendations in our comprehensive Policy Roadmap for the next president and Congress.
American healthcare is the best in the world on many measures. However, it is encumbered by antiquated rules and regulations as well as micro-managing payers that discourage innovation and accountability. We believe that accountable healthcare providers, working with consumers in their communities, can propel our system to be the world leader by all measures.
— Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier