AHA today submitted comments to the House Health Care Innovation Caucus in response to a request for feedback regarding innovative policy ideas that improve quality of care and lower costs for consumers. “Based on our members’ experience with designing, implementing and scaling value-based payment arrangements, we believe that certain principles should apply across all value-based projects and models,” AHA said. Specifically, AHA said value-based models should be designed transparently and evaluated holistically, promote fully integrated care, balance risk versus reward, waive fraud and abuse laws and regulations that inhibit care coordination, provide timely access to data and adequate risk adjustment, minimize regulatory burden, and leverage partnerships where appropriate. AHA also encouraged the caucus to limit model measures to what matters, standardize quality metrics and reporting platforms across programs and models, and integrate strategies to make care more affordable. Reps. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Ami Bera (D-CA) launched the caucus in March to explore and advance innovative payment models and technologies.

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