Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan plans to meet quarterly with health care investors and innovators to discuss and receive perspectives on emerging opportunities and how the government can facilitate and accelerate innovation, HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan announced yesterday. The announcement follows the agency’s June request for information on the issue. “Collaboration between HHS and private sector investors and innovators is critical to advancing new solutions and evolving health care in America,” Hargan said. “We believe this will produce new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of the American people. As the health care community innovates, HHS must also be innovative in how we engage with that community.” The public may recommend participants for the quarterly Innovation and Investment Summit through Oct. 3 by emailing DeputySecretary@HHS.gov with the subject line “DSIIS Recommendation.” In comments submitted in July, AHA voiced strong support for HHS’s proposal to develop a workgroup to facilitate public-private dialogue on innovating and investing in the health care sector.

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