Washington, DC, November 8, 2017 — Elizabeth Mitchell, President and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), today appeared on Capitol Hill before the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee. Mitchell provided her views of how the federal government’s efforts to move the Medicare system toward value-based healthcare is working, and what could be improved.
Mitchell was testifying in her capacity as vice chair of the Physician-Focused Payment Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC), which advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on proposals to test new, innovative Medicare payment models. In her testimony, Mitchell stated the importance of moving providers away from the traditional “fee-for-service” model, to ones designed to result in better care at a lower cost.
Mitchell told the committee that while healthcare quality and affordability are critically important to families and communities, the current healthcare debates haven’t addressed how we can achieve better healthcare at lower cost. “If we want to make health insurance affordable, we must first make healthcare affordable,” said Mitchell.
A video recording of the hearing is available here: