U.S. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA), Ron Kind (D-WI), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) announced today the creation of the new bipartisan Health Care Innovation Caucus. Supported by a diverse group of health care organizations from throughout the nation, the caucus will advance a legislative agenda that encourages innovative policy ideas to improve the quality of care and lower costs for consumers.
With the health care industry rapidly transforming from a volume-driven system to one that rewards value and outcomes, it is vital that we maintain this acceleration by encouraging a marketplace of multiple payment models and using lessons learned to improve care for consumers. The main focus of the Health Care Innovation Caucus will be to explore and advance successful, innovative payment models as well as the technologies needed to support these models.
Rep. Kelly: “With the highest cost of care per person in the world, we as a country need to think critically about how we can control costs while improving quality for Americans. The Health Care Innovation Caucus is a great opportunity for Members from both parties to come together and advance new ways of paying and coordinating health care. Knowing full well that innovation is in the DNA of America, I look forward to working with my colleagues to encourage new ideas and technology in health care.”
Rep. Kind: “For too long, our health care system rewarded the volume of services, regardless of the outcome. I am proud to launch the bipartisan Healthcare Innovation Caucus and look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to explore models of care that are coordinated, integrated, patient-centered, and produce great results at a much better price.”
Rep. Mullin: “Innovation is the driving force behind the evolution of today’s health care industry. The industry improves almost daily with the introduction of electronic health care records, groundbreaking cures approved by the FDA, and medical devices that create possibilities we never imagined. However, old and outdated payment models stand in the way of innovation and quality care. We need to make sure that the federal government doesn’t stand in the way as medical innovation brings health care into the 21st century. I’m proud to be a part of the Innovation Caucus which will serve as a bridge for the novel developments of the medical field as they navigate the pre-digital age laws of Congress.”
Rep. Bera: “As a doctor, I know that health care is rapidly changing and it’s important Congress understands new innovations and ideas that can improve patients’ lives and lower costs. The Health Care Innovation Caucus will provide a bipartisan space for these important conversations. I am glad to join my colleagues in this effort to accelerate promising strategies to improve the health care system and ensure patients have access to cutting edge innovation.”