By Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier
Premier Inc. strongly supports the 21st Century Cures Act, in particular the provisions for EHR interoperability, socio-economic factors in the hospital readmissions program and a speedier FDA approval process.
Setting interoperability standards, and requiring free and secure health IT exchange among disparate assets will improve patient care, reduce costs and unlock data silos in healthcare. We are also pleased to see that risk adjusting for socio-economic status in the Medicare hospital readmissions program is finally being addressed after a nearly decade-long effort to get this recognized. In addition, we support provisions that will enhance the FDA approval process to advance the entry of new drugs and devices to the market with a goal of creating more competition and lower prices.
We are hopeful that Congress moves forward with passing the 21st Century Cures Act during the current lame-duck session. These provisions represent essential ingredients in enabling providers to improve patient care across the continuum.
— Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier