Health Groups Urge Trump, Congress to Maintain Push for Value-Based Care

01.30.2017 - National Healthcare Reform

Dozens of health care organizations – including professional groups, insurers, pharmaceutical giants and hospital chains – are urging the White House and members of Congress to preserve key reforms as debate over Obamacare and the overall future of the nation's health care system rages on.

The organizations – which include the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, Sanofi, Merck, Catholic Health Initiatives and several Blue Cross Blue Shield plans nationwide – are sending a letter to political leaders Wednesday calling on them to accelerate, not impede, the transformation of the fee-for-service health system to one based on payment for a high value of care.

Under the current system, most providers bill – and consumers pay – for every test, prescription and medical service provided, whether or not it speeds recovery. The alternative approach rewards health care providers for the value of the care they provide, using evidence-based methods to achieve better outcomes at lower costs.