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Health Care Reform

Since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the National Health Council (NHC) has identified the following priority areas on which to focus 

 

Health care reform implementation

Comparative effectiveness research

Delivery system reform

 

Health Care Reform Implementation

 

On January 23, 2013 the National Health Council (NHC) launched PuttingPatientsFirst.net, a new website with an interactive set of tools designed to help people learn about their health insurance options. The site includes resources on health insurance and marketplaces, a health care cost estimator, and a place for visitors to share their health care experiences. Visit PuttingPatientsFirst.net to learn more.

 

The NHC also hosted a series of webinars for patient advocate organizations to help them prepare people with chronic diseases and disabilities for the opening of the health care exchanges. 

 

Other ACA Resources:

 

  

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Comparative Effectiveness

 

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) is the concept of evaluating evidence on the relative medical benefits and costs of various treatments to identify the most effective one for any given diagnosis. The NHC has advocated for conducting CER in a way that is transparent and involves input from the patient community during every step of the process. CER has the potential to improve health outcomes by helping people make better-informed decisions. The National Health Council and Avalere Health prepared a white paper that outlines the research and discussion to create a framework to guide the development of CER, evaluate its results, and assist in communicating the findings to the right audiences. 

 

 

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Health Care Delivery System 

 

Each year, 7 out of 10 deaths in the U.S. are due to chronic diseases. Heart disease, cancer, and stroke account for more than half of all deaths each year. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, people with chronic conditions receive 56% of recommended preventive health services. Improving the quality and delivery of health just care will improve the quality of life for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities in this country.

 

To provide true value in health care, there must be a confluence of health research and personal circumstances, which include the patient's genetic, ethnic, religious, and social-economic status at the point of care. The marriage of health research with real-world application leads to improved health outcomes and helps us to curb costs responsibly. The NHC has developed a diagram that addresses the elements for getting the Right Care, at the Right Time, for the Right Patient, at the Right Price and has sent the comments to Congress and the Administration: 

  

  • National Health Council commented on a proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concerning the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs (March 7, 2014)

  • National Health Council CEO Myrl Weinberg spoke at a 2013 Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, DC on how to create a value-based health care delivery system that meets the needs of people with chronic diseases and disabilities.

 

To learn more about the NHC’s priority policy areas, please select one of the following issue areas:

 

MODDERN Cures Act

Federal Appropriations

FDA Issues

Policy Issues

 

Click here to read archived NHC letters of support and position statements.