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Vermont associations release joint health care reform recommendations

first_imgFive of Vermont’s health care associations today released a joint report outlining their health care reform guiding principles and recommendations for policy makers.  This release coincides with the most recent update to the Vermont Health Care Commission by Dr. William Hsiao, the Harvard-based economist who is developing three health system design options for consideration by the General Assembly.The associations identified a number of important themes.  These include:1) State health care reform initiatives need to be fully aligned with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).2) Health care professionals and providers should be full partners with health plans and state government in planning for and implementing new payment methodologies, delivery system reforms and insurance reforms.3) Payment incentives designed to support a re-defined health care system need to promote quality value and improved access..4) The ability to deliver improved health care outcomes requires greater attention to and resources for health information technology, workforce education, recruitment and retention as well as expanded prevention/wellness programs.  Keeping Vermonters healthy includes having an adequate supply of primary care clinicians to ensure access to preventive and primary care services.5) Most providers, particularly long term care and home health, face substantial net funding reductions under the ACA that must be considered by state policy makers.“Identifying joint recommendations and guiding principles better prepares us to be engaged in the important discussions ahead,” said Bea Grause, President and CEO of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.  “Like Vermont’s previous reform success stories, further health care reform will depend upon the close collaboration of all stakeholders and policy makers, with the interest of the patient as the central focus.”The participating health care associations include Bi-State Primary Care Association (representing community health centers, free clinics, rural health clinics and area health education centers), the Vermont Assembly of Home Health Agencies, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the Vermont Health Care Association (representing nursing homes, residential care and assisted living facilities) and the Vermont Medical Society (representing physicians).To read the paper in its entirety visit is external)Source: Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. 10.13.2010last_img

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