By Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier Inc.
Today’s passage of the 21st Century Cures Act represents a big leap forward in health innovation.
In particular, we believe the law’s interoperability roadmap will advance free and secure health IT exchange that will improve patient care, reduce costs and prevent data silos in healthcare – progress that should take us forward in efforts to deliver next-generation healthcare. We are also pleased to see important changes to the Medicare hospital readmissions program, which will finally recognize and adjust the performance measures for socio-economic status and other factors that can affect patient outcomes. In addition, members of Premier support provisions that will modernize the FDA approval process to advance the entry of new drugs and devices to the market, thereby creating a more competitive market.
This law achieves important reforms that will propel American healthcare into the 21st Century.
— Blair Childs, senior vice president of public affairs, Premier Inc.