KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

full issue

Obama To Push Health Care Quality Over Quantity In Anniversary Speech

The push comes in the form of a new private and public partnership that will include more than 2,800 health care providers. Rite Aid and Cigna are among the partners teaming with the Obama administration on the move.

The Washington Post: Obama To Tout Health Care Law On Fifth Anniversary
President Obama will tout the Affordable Care Act on its fifth anniversary Wednesday as he continues his bid to frame the health care law as a success in the face of legal and political challenges. Obama is set to make remarks at an event with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, where they will announce the creation of a network of public and private partners tasked with ensuring that the health care law improves services for medical patients. (Nakamura, 3/25)

The Associated Press: Obama: Base Health Care Payments On Quality, Not Quantity
President Barack Obama wants to cut health care costs by reducing unnecessary treatments, tests and hospital visits that rack up big bills. Obama on Wednesday will launch what the White House calls a Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. The White House says more than 2,800 health care providers, patients and consumer groups have agreed to take part. (3/25)

USA Today's The Oval: Obama's Day: Health Care, Five Years Later
President Obama spends Wednesday touting one of his legacies: The health care law he signed five years ago. In a speech at the White House, Obama will unveil what he calls the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network. This group of public and private groups will look for ways to reduce costs by eliminating unnecessary treatments, tests, and hospital visits. More than 2,800 health care providers and consumer groups have agreed to participate, the White House says. (Jackson, 3/25)

Politico Pro: Administration Kicking Off Public-Private Health Network
President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell will launch a health care network on Wednesday that aims to bring public and private groups together and help speed a shift toward rewarding the quality and value of care Americans receive over the quantity. (Villacorta, 3/25)

Modern Healthcare: HHS Enlists Big Health Care Names In Payment Reform Bid
Dignity Health, Rite Aid and Cigna are among healthcare players that have joined an HHS network convened to help the CMS tie 30% of Medicare payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2016. The group, called the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, will hold its first meeting Wednesday in Washington and is expected to set goals for alternative payment models by September. (Dickson, 3/25)

This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.