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Kind, Western Wisconsin Providers Participate In National Summit To Improve Value Of Health Care

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Location: Washington, DC

Kind, Western Wisconsin Providers Participate In National Summit To Improve Value Of Health Care

Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today attended the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) National Summit on Health Care Quality and Value in the U.S. Capitol where states, health care providers, consumer advocates, employers and other interested stakeholders gathered to share their ideas about how health care reform can promote high quality health care.

As a leader of the Congressional Quality Care Coalition, Rep. Ron Kind helped lead negotiations securing the formation of the HHS National Summit today. The summit was included as part of a larger compromise adding language to the health care reform legislation, correcting the unfairness of Medicare reimbursement rates and taking steps toward historic payment reform that rewards the value of care delivered instead of the quantity of care delivered. Two Institute of Medicine studies on promoting quality and value, the Quality Care Coalition helped secure, have already started. The National Summit on Health Care Quality and Value provides another forum to discuss how health care reform can be implemented to help patients and providers in western Wisconsin.

"A value-based reimbursement system benefits all regions -- it provides the kind of care patients need and can afford, and reduces risks associated with overuse of the health care system," said Rep. Ron Kind. "Today's summit will lead to a more cost effective way to pay for and deliver health care in our country and lower costs in the long run, something at which western Wisconsin has excelled."

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick addressed the attendees while Dr. Karl Ulrich (Marshfield Clinic) and Dr. Mike Dolan (Gundersen Lutheran) both served as experts on panels throughout the summit. Dr. Ulrich and Dr. Dolan discussed ideas for new models of coordinating care and restructuring care delivery to improve patient outcomes and control costs as well as highlighted specific examples of health care delivery systems that produce good outcomes while lowering costs in western Wisconsin.

"Today's Summit provided a forum for emphasizing what American health care should be about: providing quality care at an affordable price," said Dr. Ulrich. "Clearly there is a positive momentum amongst providers of health care to undertake this in a collaborative fashion. It will be important to sustain and enlarge upon many of the innovative ideas shared today."

"Today's Summit opened the important discussion that is needed to move Medicare payment reform toward a value-based system rather than a volume-based one," said Dr. Dolan."

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