Premier Inc. Statement on Trump Healthcare Appointments Last Updated: November 30, 2016
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By Blair Childs, senior vice president, public affairs, Premier

Members of the Premier healthcare alliance look forward to working with Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and Seema Verma in their new roles as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), respectively.

As these leaders consider changes to healthcare policy, we strongly suggest they focus on driving value-based payment models and incenting healthcare innovation. In particular, we believe the Administration should continue to build on reforms such as MACRA, which are essential to advancing alternative payment models to achieve higher-quality, more cost-effective and consumer-oriented healthcare. Premier members are leaders in value-based care delivery and alternative payment, and have put forward substantive policy recommendations for meaningful change, as detailed in our Policy Roadmap for healthcare improvement.

Although American healthcare is the best in the world on many measures, it is encumbered by antiquated rules and regulations that discourage innovation. 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, public affairs, Premier Inc.