Rep. Kelly Launches Bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus

Mar 15, 2018 Issues: Health Care
Rep. Kelly Launches Bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) announced today the creation of the new bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus. Supported by a diverse group of health care organizations from throughout the nation, the caucus will advance a legislative agenda that encourages innovative policy ideas to improve the quality of care and lower costs for consumers.

With the health care industry rapidly transforming from a volume-driven system to one that rewards value and outcomes, it is vital that we maintain this acceleration by encouraging a marketplace of multiple payment models and using lessons learned to improve care for consumers. The main focus of the Health Care Innovation Caucus will be to explore and advance successful, innovative payment models as well as the technologies needed to support these models. – The Health Care Innovation Caucus Founding Co-Chairs

Rep. Kelly: “With the highest cost of care per person in the world, we as a country need to think critically about how we can control costs while improving quality for Americans. The Health Care Innovation Caucus is a great opportunity for Members of Congress from both parties to come together and advance new ways of paying for and coordinating health care. I look forward to working with my colleagues to encourage new ideas and spur new technology throughout this entire field."

Rep. Kind: “For too long, our health care system rewarded the volume of services, regardless of the outcome. I am proud to launch the bipartisan Healthcare Innovation Caucus and look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to explore models of care that are coordinated, integrated, patient-centered, and produce great results at a much better price.”

Rep. Mullin: “Innovation is the driving force behind the evolution of today’s health care industry.  The industry improves almost daily with the introduction of electronic health care records, groundbreaking cures approved by the FDA, and medical devices that create possibilities we never imagined. However, old and outdated payment models stand in the way of innovation and quality care. We need to make sure that the federal government doesn’t stand in the way as medical innovation brings health care into the 21st century. I’m proud to be a part of the Innovation Caucus which will serve as a bridge for the novel developments of the medical field as they navigate the pre-digital age laws of Congress.”

Rep. Bera: “As a doctor, I know that health care is rapidly changing and it’s important Congress understands new innovations and ideas that can improve patients’ lives and lower costs. The Health Care Innovation Caucus will provide a bipartisan space for these important conversations. I am glad to join my colleagues in this effort to accelerate promising strategies to improve the health care system and ensure patients have access to cutting edge innovation.”

Jeff Micklos, Executive Director, The Health Care Transformation Task Force

“The Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF) welcomes the launch of the Health Care Innovation Caucus. At this critical moment in the healthcare industry, the Caucus will bring much needed leadership on the issues facing the U.S. healthcare system.  As the industry continues to transition to value-based care models, the Caucus’s leadership will be paramount in exploring and advancing federal policies promoting successful patient-centered innovative payment models and technologies and outcome measures that support these models. As leading voices on value-based payment and care delivery transformation, HCTTF members recognize all too well the need for a sweeping revolution of the health care system. It’s our hope that the Caucus will be a guiding force in leading that revolution.”

John Rother, President and CEO, National Coalition on Health Care:

“There’s little more important to long-term health care affordability than moving beyond today’s costly, volume-centered paradigm. The leadership we expect from the new Health Care Innovation Caucus could be key to achieving that. Representatives Kelly, Kind, Mullin, and Bera are starting something special today. A long-time champion for bipartisan delivery innovation legislation, including MACRA and the Chronic Care Act, NCHC has urged the Administration to make expansion of Advanced Alternative Payment Models opportunities the top priority for the CMS Innovation Center.”

“With Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar embracing the call for ‘bolder action’ on value-based care, this Caucus can help engage their colleagues and educate Congressional staffs--on both sides of the aisle--at this crucial juncture for our health care system,”

Blair Childs, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Premier Inc.:

“We commend U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) for their bipartisan leadership in the creation of the Healthcare Innovation Caucus, which is focused on informing lawmakers and other stakeholders on needed reforms to advance a 21st century healthcare delivery system.

“For more than 15 years, Premier has been a stalwart supporter of the national move away from perverse incentives in today’s fee-for-service system in favor of new, value-based, alternative payment models.

“Policy changes and payment model improvements are critical to strengthen and expand this movement, which is already generating significant returns in cost and quality. As members of the Healthcare Innovation Caucus advance their legislative agenda, it is our hope that they will prioritize the development of meaningful, transparent measures of provider performance; access to timely, accurate and complete claims data to better facilitate care management; the creation of additional payment models that support high-value services at a reduced cost; deregulation of the fee-for-service legal and regulatory requirements that increase costs and impede collaboration and innovation; and ensure alignment between private and public sector programs, which is critical to a sustainable value-based payment marketplace.”