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GHS physician part of group advocating medical payment reforms

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A task force of health care professionals from around the country are asking the incoming Trump administration and new congressional leadership to help promote medical payment reforms that promote “a competitive marketplace for value-based health care.”

The Health Care Transformation Task Force is a group of 43 medical professionals from health companies around the U.S., including Angelo Sinopoli, vice president of clinical integration and chief medical officer at Greenville Health System.

The task force issued a letter to the Trump administration and congressional leaders asking for help in continuing to move toward reducing the growth of health care spending. Sinopoli said the intent of the letter was to advocate the transformation of the delivery of health care away from the fee-for-service payment models.

“The typical fee-for-service model just incentivizes more and more procedures,” Sinopoli said. “We need to find models that focus on the overall cost of care linked to quality outcomes.”

He added that the task force meets regularly to look at different cooperative models that can be implemented. Differences in regions and the needs in those regions prevent a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model for health care delivery.

In the letter, the task force said payment reforms enabling competition “is at the forefront of this process, and greater focus has been placed on the quality and value that consumers and purchasers realize from these innovative payment models.”

“The transition to new payment and care delivery models has been aided by the arrival in the market of well-capitalized entrepreneurial businesses that partner with providers and payers to help accelerate this transformation,” the letter said. “These new businesses create rewarding American jobs, and this job creation is projected to increase significantly over the next few years.”

Sinopoli said changing the models would be a benefit to businesses in terms of cost control.

“The businesses I have dealt with know they pay for health care, but don’t know what they get for that,” Sinopoli said. “They want to know they are receiving a real product that is quality and we hope employers at a high level will help push that because that is how they can see cost control.”

In addition to the incoming administration and congressional leadership, the letter also went to Tom Price, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma, the pick to be the next administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Read the letter here.

Reach Matthew Clark at 864-720-1222.

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