On June 15, NCHC’s John Rother collaborated with Katy Spangler, the Co-Director of Smarter Health Care Coalition, and Dr. A. Mark Fendrick, the Director of the University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, to publish an article in The Hill about high-value care amidst COVID-19. COVID-19 has created unprecedented opportunities for change, including the […]
On June 11, the Coalition sent a letter to Congress, urging legislators to direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to allocate funding appropriated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to primary care practices. Primary care practices are closing and consolidating due to COVID-19, with long-term ramifications for health care affordability.
Surprise medical billing contributes to unpredictable, high out-of-pocket costs for consumers. Patients often encounter surprise medical bills when receiving emergency or ancillary health services from out-of-network practitioners. Recent studies indicate that surprise billing is concentrated in specific specialties like pathology.1 These providers “balance bill” patients for the difference between the full charge for services and […]
On Tuesday, May 12, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats unveiled a massive new bill, including a number of NCHC priorities. We’ve taken a first look at preliminary summaries of the bill to develop highlights for NCHC members based on recent conversations. Several NCHC priorities from our fourth letter to Congress and corresponding memo were included […]
Today’s health care institutions are stretched to capacity and beyond by the COVID-19 crisis. But like physical exercise, it’s possible that this stress can lead us to a stronger system longer-term. This depends, of course, on how we respond to the shortcomings revealed by our slow responses to the pandemic.From my decades in health policy, […]