This week Health Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (IL-06) led a hearing on Identifying Innovation Practices and Technology in Health Care. Dr. Matthew Philip from the DuPage Medical Breakthrough Care Center along with Dr. Paul Merrick, the President of the DuPage Medical Group testified before the Health Subcommittee on the groundbreaking work they are doing to provide improved, holistic care to Seniors.
In his opening statement, Chairman Roskam noted, "In the Medicare program, many of these cutting-edge ideas have failed to be used to their full potential. In turn, our seniors are not able to benefit from greater efficiency, access and increased positive outcomes in receiving health care. Even worse, while some Americans already have access to these groundbreaking models, they are at risk of losing their pathway to receiving this care once they turn the age of 65. In fact, it is not out-of-line to say that we are missing an opportunity to save lives with these advanced treatment methods.
"The lesson we hope to learn here will be how Congress can help. Can we help both advance and expand upon these front-line advancements, while also leading to a new wave of innovators unleashed on the status-quo? In doing so, we can equip our Medicare beneficiaries with the tools to benefit from pioneer ideas. We need to start implementing policies that open the door to these potentially life-saving medical devices, drugs and delivery methods in the Medicare program."
In his testimony Dr. Philip stated: "With more than 700 physicians, 200 advanced practice professionals and 4,900 employees, we see more than 800,000 unique patients annually. DMG is an organization that focuses on delivering the highest quality of care, service and value to the communities we serve. Through a physician-driven exercise, we started an intensive team-oriented care model to meet the complicated needs of this fragile population. The model is set up with care teams led by a physician who is supported by advanced practice providers, pharmacists, social workers and health coaches. The results have been nothing less than transformational. Through our high-touch model we reduced admissions, re-admissions and complications for these fragile seniors by as much as 50%."
DuPage Medical Group is just one example of an innovation that is changing the way patients receive care. Much more work is needed to modernize the Medicare program. This hearing gave members the opportunity to hear about cutting-edge innovation and the need to create efficiencies and greater access when adopted in Medicare.