APG's Weekly Report from Our Nation's Capital
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Welcome to America's Physician Groups' "Healthcare and the Hill," where you can get the latest on healthcare happenings in our nation's capital--and with a special focus on the value-based care movement.  Here's what you will find in this week's edition:

  • Hill Hearings:  Senate Looks at Primary Care 
  • Movement in MA
  • Congressional Corner:  We Love MA!

You can always visit our website for more news and resources.  And don't forget to register for our Annual Conference 2019 Quality and Efficiency:  How to Succeed in Risk-Based Models, April 11-13 in San Diego!

Valinda Rutledge
Vice President of Federal Affairs
America's Physician Groups

Senate HELP Committee Looks at Impact of Primary Care
The Senate Committe on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) held a hearing this week that examined the foundation of healthcare--primary care--and how it can affect cost and outcomes.  Among other witness recommendations was one which APG continues to drive:  investing in innovative models of healthcare delivery.

In fact, our Risk Evolution Task Force was created with the twin goals of accelerating the value movement and developing the next iteration of risk-based models.  We applaud the Senate for holding this important hearing and look forward to continuing our work as educators on and advocates of a value-based healthcare delivery system that works for all Americans.

Movement in MA
APG is asking its members for their support in a CALL TO ACTION to sign onto a letter we plan to circulate shortly in response to the 2020 MA Part I and Part II Advance Notice and Draft Call Letter.  To add your medical group or IPA, please email Margaret Peterson (mpeterson@apg.org).  Look for our CALL TO ACTION in an upcoming edition of Healthcare and the Hill.  We'll make sure you don't miss it!

To learn more about Part II of the Advance Notice, please join us for a “Deep Dive” webinar on Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 pm ET. I have invited an expert from Milliman to join me to talk about any potential impact this may have on our members and other providers engaged in value-based care.  Register here.  

If you missed our “Deep Dive” on Part I of the Advance Notice, you can download the webinar materials here.   

Congressional Corner:  We Love MA!
APG was pleased to see another show of support for Medicare Advantage (MA), which provides vital health coverage to 19 million seniors.  Both the House and Senate sent letters to CMS, urging the agency to continue to strengthen the MA program.  The Senate letter had 66 (44 Republicans, 21 Democrats, and 1 Independent) signatures and the House letter had 302 signatures (143 Democrats and 159 Republicans).  

Our efforts on the Hill continue--this week, we met with Beth Nelson, the lead Medicare and Medicaid advisor on the Senate HELP Committee.  Beth and her team executed the much-needed hearing on primary care, and we thank her for helping to bring attention to the important role primary care plays in providing coordinated care to patients.


We always want to hear from you on how we can get you the best, most useful information in a way that's convenient to you!  Please don't hesitate to contact David Allen, APG Director of Communications, with any suggestions, thoughts, likes, or dislikes.