Highlights from Day 1 of 2017 AHIP National Health Policy Conference

The 2017 AHIP National Health Policy Conference kicked off today in Washington, DC.

Political, business, and health care leaders from across the nation gathered to dive deeply into our nation’s top policy priorities in an effort to move forward in today’s uncertain healthcare environment.

What a period for healthcare reform in the United States!

In addition to some general comments about healthcare policy and politics, today’s sessions addressed topics such as the following:

  • Risk-sharing and Cost Control
  • Value-based Care
  • Pharmacy Costs
  • Medicaid Exchanges
  • Importance of Social Determinants of Health

Social shares from conference attendees

As is happening more and more at many of today’s top healthcare conferences, conference proceedings, insights and other information were shared on Twitter – among other social channels. Here’s a sample of some interesting shares from Day 1 of the 2017 AHIP National Health Policy Conference.

Thanks to all those noted below who took the time to share with those who were unable to attend the conference.

General Stuff

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@ajmc_journalThere’s still a basic misunderstanding of how health insurance works, says @AHIPCoverage’s Tavenner
@rpalme01@MD_Insurance @al_redmer ACA “status quo is not an option, status quo is not a solution”  #ACA
@nancyrwiseNewt Gingrich sure that SOME bill will be passed this session…  but no direction on what it will include.  #AHCA
@nancyrwiseT. Nickel, thank you: “Association Health Plans are awesome… until they are not”  @NAIC_News

Cost of Healthcare & Risk-Sharing

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@ajmc_journalThe only cost containment strategy that works is cost sharing but it can be such a burden that it takes care away–@chipkahn
@avercloudHealthcare payers: Make the move from pilot to full-scale bundled payment adoption. Let’s discuss at #AHIPPolicy
@leah_a_brownThe discussion a few years ago was about coverage, now healthcare 2.0 is about cost.
@mahphealthGood point by MD Comm. Al Redmer Jr on NAIC panel Can’t do anything on premiums unless moderate cost of delivering #healthcare
@nancyrwiseGreat quote: “Pay for value = transferring risk to providers.” M. Chernew
@nancyrwiseIf health orgs are bigger & more integrated, they are better positioned to own market power: unlikely to lower costs. M. Chernew
@suemontgomery2Cost of premiums is all about the cost of delivering care. – Ted Nickel at #AHIPPolicy

Value-based Care & Reimbursement

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@ahipcoverageConsumers want affordable coverage & high-quality care – that’s what value-based care delivers.
@avercloudDebate the policy, but value-based healthcare is here to stay. Let’s discuss bundled payment success at upcoming #AHIPPolicy

Pharmacy

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@springstexPrescription drug costs pass physician services as biggest slice of health insurance premium
@rpalme01Keep talking to your local pharmacist and sharing what he tells you.

Medicaid Exchanges, Access & Importance of Social Determinants of Health

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@ajmc_journalHealthcare reform is a question of access vs true availability. The devil is truly in the details, said @AndyGurmanMD
@nancyrwiseInterested in continuing conversations about potential intersection of #Medicaid and Exchange markets in #healthcare #simplicity
@ahipcoverageFrom transportation, housing & environmental health, plans are addressing social determinants of health

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