The Alliance of Community Health Plans commended the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for calling attention to the continuing challenge of improving health care quality in its annual State of Health Care Quality Report. Patricia Smith, ACHP President and CEO commented, “Because critical first steps in improving quality are measurement and transparency, ACHP supports NCQA’s call for all health plans and providers to measure and report on quality of care. This should apply to public programs as well as private coverage. Moreover, just as Medicare Advantage plans are required to report on clinical quality and patient satisfaction measures, there should be similar requirements in the traditional Medicare fee-for-service program. While the economy has brought more attention to cost, ultimately a focus on quality is a financially sound decision for employers who sponsor coverage, for public programs and health plans, and for consumers.”
Health reform legislation provides the opportunity to restructure payment incentives to reward value rather than volume. House and Senate bills include important provisions promoting value-based purchasing in both traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Added Ms. Smith, “The NCQA report underscores that quality care translates into better lives, even saved lives. ACHP members consistently have been among the top performers on the NCQA quality measures – success that is realized through substantial investment in transforming the delivery of care. In health reform legislation, Congress can set requirements for reporting and accountability and create incentives for health plans to achieve the kind of results that ACHP members have been able to achieve.”
ACHP is a national leadership organization that brings together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care in their communities. The non-profit, community-based and regional health plans and provider organizations from across the country that make up ACHP’s membership provide coverage and care for approximately 18 million Americans. These health plans focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of patient care coordination, patient-centered medical homes, accountable health care delivery, use of information technology and other innovations leading to improvements in affordability and the quality of care. To learn more about ACHP, go to www.achp.org.