Making Healthcare More Affordable

May 30, 2018
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) yesterday released a white paper with ideas on increasing affordability in health care. The white paper includes Cassidy’s ideas on six policy areas, including empowering patients to reduce their health care costs; lowering health insurance premiums; ending health care…
May 29, 2018
Health care leaders can utilize data, reexamine pricing and manage risk to make health care more efficient and affordable, a panel of hospital and health system leaders said during a session at this month’s AHA Annual Membership Meeting. [See a video of the session at the end of this article.]…
May 7, 2018
Hospitals and health systems are embracing the move to value-based care and enhancing affordability, writes Nancy Agee, president and CEO of Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA, and 2018 chair of the AHA Board of Trustees, in a commentary published Saturday in Modern Healthcare. “The goal is to provide…
Mar 26, 2018
The AHA Friday submitted comments to Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tom Carper (D-DE), Todd Young (R-IN) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) as they develop legislation to improve price transparency in the health care market and lower costs.
Mar 13, 2018
The AHA data book on health care affordability includes customizable slides that provide an overview on data related to national health spending and affordability from the perspective of consumers, employers, public and private payers, hospitals and health systems, and community partners to aid in…
Mar 9, 2018
Health care is changing…and hospitals and health systems are transforming to meet the evolving needs of our patients and communities. As I wrote this week in the New York Times, communities will always turn to their local hospital in times of disasters, outbreaks and tragedies. Whether it is the…
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The Value Initiative - Presentation

Feb 26, 2018
The Value Initiative as AHA’s member-driven, multi-year initiative to help support the hospital and health system field as it tackles the issue of advancing affordable health care and promoting value. For more information, visit www.aha.org/value-initiative. The Value Initiative Presentation…
Feb 23, 2018
Govs. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Jon Kasich (R-OH), Bill Walker (I-AK), Tom Wolf (D-PA) and Brian Sandoval (R-NV) today issued a bipartisan plan to transform the nation’s health care system based on certain guiding principles and beliefs and specific strategies to reorient the system on value. The…
Feb 1, 2018
AHA's Issue briefs frame the issue of affordability and can be used by hospitals and health systems to initiate conversations with stakeholders in their communities. Areas of focus include examination of the cost drivers in the system and debunking the "myths" of what are driving health care costs…