ACHP Shares Support for CHRONIC Care Act of 2017

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ACHP Shares Support for CHRONIC Care Act of 2017

Bill markup today, ACHP member UPMC Health Plan testified at Tuesday’s hearing

Washington, D.C. –  (May 18, 2017) The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) has shared support for the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017, being marked up in the Senate Finance Committee today.

ACHP members are non-profit organizations that provide coverage and care for more than 18 million Americans across 27 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.4 million Medicare beneficiaries.  ACHP believes the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017 makes important changes to the Medicare program that will encourage innovative and cost effective approaches to patient care delivery and ultimately improve health outcomes. ACHP stands behind provisions in the CHRONIC Care Act that would permanently reauthorize special needs plans, expand the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design Model and expand supplemental benefits to meet the needs of chronically ill MA enrollees.

“We are grateful to the Senate Finance Committee and the Chronic Care Working Group for its commitment to improve the care of Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions,” said ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly. “ACHP believes strongly in the effectiveness of telehealth and encourages Senators to reconsider language in the bill that may be unnecessarily limiting to the capabilities and reach of telehealth services so that we can work together to improve health and lower costs.”

In addition to highlighting the continual innovation in telehealth, ACHP’s letter also shares suggested changes to the language on quality star ratings, sharing concerns about the discretion given to the Secretary of HHS in implementing the quality star ratings at the plan level for special needs plans and MA plans. The letter states:

“Applying the star ratings at the plan level instead of the contract level would cause beneficiary and market confusion when plans have several benefit packages in the same area. Reporting of data at the plan level will lead to small denominators for smaller, community plans like ACHP members and could cause unwarranted variations in ratings.”

ACHP Member and UPMC Health Plan representative John Lovelace delivered testimony at Tuesday’s hearing on the CHRONIC Care Act of 2017.  In his testimony, Lovelace spoke about UPMC’s role as a payer-provider, their successful results from UPMC’s implementation of Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID), and the value of Special Needs Plans (SNPs) and promise of telehealth systems. To access the written testimony of John Lovelace, click here.

To access the full ACHP letter, click here.

About ACHP

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 18 million Americans across 27 states and the District of Columbia. These organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reform, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more, go to www.achp.org and follow ACHP on Twitter @_ACHP.