WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jack Ebeler, president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), issued the following statement today in reaction to yesterday’s release of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Quality Improvement Roadmap:
“As the nation’s largest payer, CMS exerts vast influence over health care delivery in the public and private sectors. We are pleased that the Agency has recognized that it can and should play a prominent and expanded role in quality improvement. The vision, aims and strategies in ‘Quality Improvement Roadmap’ are consistent with our approach to better health care.
“CMS already requires Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to report on measures of clinical quality and patient satisfaction and is committed to having all MA plans – including the new regional PPOs – report on rigorous, comparable measures of quality in the future.
“ACHP members have measured and publicly reported quality information to beneficiaries, providers and purchasers for years — in a way that allows meaningful ‘apples-to-apples’ comparisons. Public reporting of quality information helps patients make better health care choices, recognizes excellence and encourages all health care organizations and professionals to do better. We also share CMS’ desire to make Medicare accountable for quality by creating payment incentives for better care. A pay-for-performance system should begin with all Medicare Advantage plans and eventually apply to all Medicare providers.
“We welcome the Agency’s willingness to explore new and better ways to deliver quality information to the audiences it serves and applaud its commitment to pay for performance. We look forward to CMS’s implementation of the Roadmap and will continue to work with the Agency to make health care better for Medicare beneficiaries and all Americans.”
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ACHP is a leadership organization that brings together innovative health plans and provider organizations that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care to their communities. Drawing on years of experience, members collaborate to identify problems, share information and work toward solutions to some of health care’s biggest challenges. Their work is the foundation for ACHP’s advocacy on behalf of better health care nationally. More information is available at www.achp.org.
Capital Health Plan; CareOregon; Fallon Community Health Plan; Group Health Cooperative; Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin; Health Alliance Plan; HealthPartners; HIP Health Plan of New York; Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and the Permanente Federation; M•Plan; OSF HealthPlans; UCare Minnesota; UPMC Health Plan