Today, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) was recognized as a "Champion of Healthcare Innovation" by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) for his ongoing support of patient-centered medical progress.
"We applaud Representative Hall's leadership, dedication, and vision in advancing the quality and cost-effectiveness of American healthcare," said HLC president Mary R. Grealy.
"Access to quality, patient-centered health care is important to all Americans," said Hall. "That is why, as the senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I continue to fight for the preservation of home health care and the future of Medicare, as well as the full repeal of "ObamaCare.'"
Hall continued, "In an effort to promote new health innovations, I also introduced the CT Colonography Screening for Colorectal Cancer Act -- a bill to help Americans with early detection to prevent colon cancer, a deadly disease that claims the lives of more than 50,000 Americans each year. The healthcare system spends approximately $25-$30 billion a year solely on the treatment of colon cancer. By providing Medicare coverage for non-invasive, x-ray colonoscopy exams, we can increase the number of Americans screened for colon cancer, save billions of taxpayer dollars in treatment, and prevent unnecessary deaths."
"I will continue to promote health care solutions that focus on the doctor-patient relationship, improve Americans' quality of life, and respect taxpayer dollars."
According to its website, the Healthcare Leadership Council (HCL) is the exclusive forum for the nation's healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.
Members of HLC envision a quality-driven system that fosters innovation. HLC members advocate measures to increase the cost-effectiveness of American healthcare by emphasizing wellness and prevention, care coordination, and the use of evidence-based medicine, while utilizing consumer choice and competition to elevate value.