The Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health hosted the hearing Examining Barriers to Expanding Innovative, Value-Based Care in Medicine Sept. 13. Health Subcommittee Chairman Dr. Michael C. Burgess, in his opening statements noted, “Much of the work that this subcommittee conducts is to oversee and influence the health care industry in moving care coordination into the 21st Century. MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) provided the platform for this effort to do so, and today we will hear from people on the front lines who are working to deliver better outcomes and lower costs. This hearing will provide us with a wealth of information as we move forward in assessing the value-based payments space, where it holds the most promise, and where there may be barriers that Congress might consider examining in the future to ensure its success.”

Dr. Nishant Anand, chief medical officer for Population Health Services, chief transformation officer for Adventist Health System, and chairman of the Adventist Health System ACO, spoke to the innovative practices and benefits of an improved values-based health care system and the need to extend those to Medicaid/Medicare populations as well as the need to address challenges from the transition to values-based care.  

There were multiple references to the need to help Medicaid/Medicare recipients understand the benefits of a value-based system including the need to better inform patients receiving subsidized care. More information can be found in testimony and witness statements found on the Energy and Commerce notification page.

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