(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — The chief executive officer of SCAN Health Plan joined with fellow healthcare leaders from around the United States in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss pressing issues facing the healthcare industry and ways to encourage ongoing innovation and quality performance.
The meeting was sponsored by The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), the exclusive forum for chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare to jointly develop policies, plans and programs that make affordable, high-quality care accessible to all. Chris Wing, CEO of SCAN, has long been a national advocate in improving the health, lifestyle and independence of seniors and others on Medicare.
“Healthcare today is facing many important issues, including providing coverage for the uninsured, accelerating the growth of health information technology, and reforming healthcare payment systems to incentivize quality and positive patient outcomes,” said Wing. “This forum provides a wonderful opportunity to tackle these challenges and meet with regulatory and congressional leadership who share our goal of building a better healthcare system for all.”
Because of the broad scope of its membership, HLC is well known by congressional members and staff as an integral source for comprehensive information on key health issues. As such joining the meeting in Washington was Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services along with: Rep. Linda Sanchez, lead sponsor of the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act (H.R. 2704); Rep. Frank Pallone, ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee; and Rep Tom Price, chairman of the House Budget Committee.
Among the key topics discussed at this week’s meeting were the implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling on King vs. Burwell (whether or not individuals are entitled to government subsidies if they enroll in a federal rather than state-run health exchange) as well as ways to remove barriers and further encourage healthcare innovation.
Members of HLC – hospitals, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, biotech firms, health product distributors, pharmacies and academic health centers – envision a quality-driven system that fosters innovation. Toward that end Wing and his fellow HLC members advocate measures to increase the cost-effectiveness of American healthcare by emphasizing what Wing described as “wellness and prevention, care coordination, and the use of evidence-based medicine, while utilizing consumer choice and competition to elevate value.”
SCAN Health Plan is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans currently serving nearly 170,000 members in California. For more information on SCAN, visit scanhealthplan.com or facebook.com/scanhealthplan.
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