1st Semi-Annual Healthcare Roundtable

SYNOPSIS

On Sept. 5th, 2019 AHW convened its first semi-annual healthcare roundtable discussion with recognized leaders within the healthcare industry. The discussion centered around access, affordability, innovation, and sustainability, examining the connections between state and federal policies, while providing an opportunity for participants to expand on the needs their communities face.

While many need long-term solutions, some concrete recommendations were developed in order to help both state and federal delegates hone in on potential short-term solutions. Those recommendations, along with follow-up items, and next steps are included in this report. 

AHW is excited to continue these roundtables on a semi-annual basis in different congressional districts around the state in order to foster communication, innovation, and advocacy.

FEDERAL

  • Waivers like 1115 offer critical funding for state programs.
    • Expand/broaden language to include behavioral health services and others.
  • Expand and offer funding for family navigators and other critical programs.
    • Can it be added to existing waivers?
  • Amend/broaden language in order to achieve funding potential for Generational Clarity programs.
  • Co-sponsor Ro Khanna’s State-Based Universal Health Care Act.

STATE

  • Broadband expansion is key.
  • For example: classes, training, and more resources.
  • Dental care for adult Medicaid recipients should be expanded.
  • Raise reimbursement rates.

WHERE FEDERAL & STATE MEET

Support/incentivize public-private partnerships.

Value-based reimbursement programs for CHC instead of measurement-based.

GENERAL NEEDS

  • Expand communication between innovators and providers.
  • Expand communication between innovators and providers.

ACTION ITEMS

Follow-up on suggested edits on Federal waivers.

Form a committee of leaders within research and innovation to expand the connection between community-care & clinical work.

What does drug cost transparency get us?

  • Develop strategy.

Talk to rural farmers who have trouble getting access to healthcare.

Continue dialogue with tribes to develop language for IHS.

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