Independent Health’s Chief Medical Officer testifies on reforming Medicare physician payment

Thomas J. Foels, M.D., chief medical officer at Independent Health in Buffalo, provided testimony at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health June 5 on reforming the Medicare physician payment system.

Because of Independent Health’s efforts to build improved systems of care through a virtually integrated model and the innovative payment reform program established for primary care physicians, Dr. Foels was asked to provide insight as the subcommittee evaluates strategies to shift Medicare physician payment away from fee-for-service and toward a payment model that rewards performance, quality and value.

During his statement before the subcommittee, Dr. Foels illustrated how Independent Health has pioneered local efforts in quality improvement, primary care redesign and implementation of alternative payment systems to help achieve the triple aim of improved health, better care and lower costs through programs like The Primary Connection.

The Buffalo News covered the story.

Watch Dr. Foels testify here.

Read Dr. Foels’ submitted testimony here.

Rachel Schwartz