Mike's Journey Update

Posted on February 7, 2017

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Mike Goes to Washington Part 2

Mike Milligan is at the Rural Health Policy Institute and while he's always a vocal advocate for rural healthcare, he's also actively listening. Here are some highlights from the conference:

  • According to Andrew C. Adair, J.D., Government Relations Representative, American Academy of Family Physicians, MACRA is here to stay. "MACRA is not affiliated with the ACA directly, and has strong bi-partisan support. Legislatively, it's not going anywhere. However, there is some uncertainty regarding how nominee HSS Secretary Tom Price will refine it."
  • According to J.R. Greene, Chief Executive Officer, Psychiatric Medical Care, if Medicare Advantage plans continue to expand, or Medicare is privatized, CAHs will need additional financial support to survive.
  • Heather Dimeris, Deputy Associate Administrator, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, advocates that telehealth can provide the same quality of care as many inpatient settings.
  • Sen. Heidi Heitkamp states, "We cannot leave rural healthcare behind." She encourages us to think for the future and look at all options:  different payment models, telemedicine, "But CMS needs to get out of the way with its over restrictive rules."
  • Rep. Evan Jenkins encourages everyone to hold Congress accountable, not just on the Hill visits this week, but year round.  He suggests advocates keep the pressure on, invite legislators to your hospitals, and organize grass roots efforts in your communities.
  • Brian C. Tabor, Executive Vice President, Indiana Hospital Association, discussing Medicaid expansion and Indiana's HIP 2.0 program states, "I love to see innovative solutions to finding the delicate balance of providing access to care for all people, while understanding the tremendous cost impact for our communities and our nation."
  • Sen. Cory Gardner touts the merits of telemedicine in rural healthcare, explaining that it provides access to quality healthcare, reduces over utilization, and lowers costs for hospitals and patients.

Stay tuned for more of Mike's updates!

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