“The Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act is the one piece of bipartisan, introduced legislation that delivers the real reform our health care system needs, moving us away from today’s fee-for-service system to high-quality, low-cost care.
This is not just a doctor’s issue. It is vital for anyone who cares about the rising cost of health care. That’s because today’s payment system rewards the volume and complexity of care, not its quality or value.
With the new lower score from the CBO, it is vital that Congress move this year to reform physician reimbursement policy. Our health system needs to do a better job of delivering value, and patients, consumers, and purchasers all have a stake in moving forward. We simply can’t afford to wait another year.”
To read NCHC’s own plan for health and fiscal policy, click here: Curbing Costs, Improving Care: The Path to an Affordable Health Care Future.
The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), the oldest and most diverse group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform, is a 501(c)(3) organization representing more than 80 participating organizations, including medical societies, businesses, unions, health care providers, faith-based associations, pension and health funds, insurers and groups representing consumers, patients, women , minorities and persons with disabilities. Member organizations collectively represent – as employees, members, or congregants – over 100 million Americans. Some members of the National Coalition Health Care do not, or cannot, take positions either on specific legislation, strategies or on any policies outside their respective mission areas. However, all that can, do endorse broad policy positions in support of comprehensive health system change.