PIPC Provides Recommendations to Senate Finance Committee on Development of Chronic Care Legislation
Today, the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC) sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) to comment on the Finance Committee's work to address chronic diseases. PIPC outlined a series of observations and recommendations focused on improving patient outcomes and empowering Medicare patients to play a greater role in managing their health and meaningfully engaging with health care providers. Specific policy recommendations included in the letter are the establishment of formalized mechanisms to provide a voice for patients in the creation and testing of alternative payment models (APMs); the expansion of available quality measures and incentivizing their production in APMs; and the fostering of informed choices from the range of clinical care options.
In addition to their specific policy proposals, PIPC also urges the Committee to convene patient organizations to contribute to chronic care legislation, noting that patients are the ultimate beneficiary of this vital work. A full copy of the letter can be found below.