California Healthline: Local, National Reforms Both Needed, Policy Leaders Told

by George Lauer (Guest Contributor)

BALTIMORE — Although their approaches may appear to be at odds with each other at the onset, a top federal bureaucrat and a national business leader assured health policy leaders Wednesday that government and commercial interests can work together effectively to reform the country’s health care system.

“We’ll figure it out together. We may not figure it out as quickly as people might like, but we will get there,” said Richard Gilfillan, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Gilfillan and Andrew Webber, president and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health, shared the podium to deliver a tandem farewell address at the National Academy for State Health Policy’s 25th annual conference.

“I represent the purchasers of health care, and I’m glad the finger is being pointed back at us as the engine of change,” Webber said. “We have to figure out how we as payers get out of our silos. How do we get to value-based purchasing strategies? How do we reward high performance?”

Webber said most of the answers can be found close to home.

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