2010 was a landmark year for health care reform.
Mayo Clinic has not taken a position of support or opposition to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) but, rather, continues to articulate areas of agreement and concern. Mayo believes that provisions in the law that encourage paying for value in health care are a start, but are not comprehensive enough to quickly lower the cost and improve the quality of health care. Also, the continued approach in the legislation to fund reform through across-the-board payment cuts is of significant concern.
Mayo believes that the PPACA contains provisions that align with our principles for reform and that it will begin to move us toward a health care system that provides all Americans with quality care at affordable costs.
Mayo Clinic believes that the status quo in health care is not acceptable. Too many patients lack access to patient-centered, high-value health care, and there must be two key principles in any successful effort to reform the health care system:
Mayo Clinic also believes that much more needs to be done to advance the creation of a high-value health care system. This is the time to focus on developing, testing and implementing policies that will produce high-quality, efficient, affordable, accessible, patient-centered care for all Americans.
Mayo Clinic will pursue several national health policy priorities in the coming year. These priorities include:
In addition to these national priorities, Mayo Clinic is engaged in a variety of health policy issues at the state level. Many states face a budget shortfall in the coming year, which impacts health care delivery in those locations. Maintaining a strong focus on state-level legislative issues allows Mayo Clinic to keep the needs of our patients top-of-mind for legislators as they craft legislation and work through budgetary challenges impacting health care.
While state and federal health policy activities continue to evolve, our commitment to patient-centered, high-value health care has never been stronger, and Mayo will continue to encourage elected and administrative officials to support policies that align with our principles.