Today, Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) Chairman Tony Coelho sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing concerns with a proposed extension of Oregon's Medicaid Health Plan Extension. Currently, Oregon has a unique waiver from “EPSDT” – a foundational principle of Medicaid that makes health care for children a national priority, and specifically requires coverage of “all medically necessary diagnostic and treatment services." The system underlying the Oregon Health Plan is a prioritized list of services, that uses quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) to help rank treatments in order of importance. High ranked treatments are funded; low ranked treatments are automatically denied regardless of medical necessity.
The Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) and over 40 organizations representing patients, people with disabilities and providers submitted a letter to the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) in response to their request for input on their value assessment process. In the letter, the organizations stated, “Simply put, if we aren’t paying for care that patients’ value, we aren’t really paying for value-based care.”