Press Release

Statement on Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network

RICK POLLACK

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

 

March 25, 2015

America’s hospitals actively support delivery system reforms that increase value and efficiencies. The work of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network will be an important catalyst to advance such reforms. 

The nation’s hospitals and health systems have been leaders in implementing innovative delivery and payment system transformation models – both public and private – designed to provide more effective and efficient care. At the heart of hospitals’ work is the desire to improve care for each and every patient.

Given the diversity of our nation, hospitals and physicians are at different points in the journey from volume to value based on the needs of their communities and their capabilities. Accountable care organizations, bundled payment models, medical homes and other models could hold great promise for moving us down  the pathway to more coordinated care but structural changes – such as knocking down barriers that impede hospitals and physicians from working more closely – are needed.

We look forward to joining with HHS to learn what works best and to make these models even more attractive to hospitals, health systems, physicians and other providers of care for the benefit of patients and communities.

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