The Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Reform Law
How does the Supreme Court's ruling impact the Center's strategy?
The Center‘s three-pronged strategy for true health reform relies on two parts of the bill that are most important — payment reform and the release of Medicare data with public reporting.
We believe the experiments established by CMMI to test bundled payments, comprehensive primary care payments and the Pioneer ACO program, which moves to global payments in year three, are all fundamental to the redesign of American healthcare.
The Medicare data release rules are cumbersome at this point. However, officials at CMS have been trying to work with both private parties and state governments to release this data in a format that is useful to providers and the public. We continue to work with CMS to make this happen.
Finally, our work in delivery redesign is creating much more efficient and higher quality care delivery. The reduction in CMS payments over the next few years is motivating providers to improve performance, and we believe the lean methodology which we continue to teach and facilitate is the only established approach to meet these challenges.
John S. Toussaint, MD
President and CEO, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value