The Healthcare Leadership Council met and developed six recommendations that should be implemented to improve the healthcare system in America. The HLC shared their recommendations during a Capitol Hill briefing. The recommended changes include:
- Setting December 31, 2018 as the deadline for nationwide health information interoperability. The various medical agencies should be able to easily share pertinent data with each other.
- Making it easier for the Food and Drug Administration to bring life-saving treatments and technologies to patients. This means reducing redundancy and counter-productive regulations within the FDA.
- Improving aspects of the care for chronically ill patients through cooperation between Medicare, insurance providers and healthcare providers. It was stated that over half of the medications that chronically ill patients take are taken incorrectly.
- Updating the physician self-referral and anti-kickback statutes to better protect against fraud and abuse.
- Improvements to and standardization of the federal and state privacy laws to combat confusion and counterproductive restrictions while maintaining the PHI of patients.
- Improvements to the Enhanced Medication Therapy Management model to realize the outcome of improving patient’s health.
The recommendations are further explained in the 66-page document that was prepared by the NORC at the University of Chicago. The recommendations have been developed over several months through an open dialogue with senior leaders from various healthcare sectors, key industry voices, and select patient groups.
The HLC has been discussing the recommendations with various congressional leaders and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.
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