Health care leaders recommend identifying essential provider competencies as a top policy priority

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  • September 26, 2016

Health care leaders recommend identifying essential provider competencies as a top policy priority

Salt Lake City, September 26, 2016 —Today, Mark McClellan, co-chair of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC), presented at a symposium for the National Academy of Medicine’s Vital Directions for Health and Health Care Initiative. The symposium seeks feedback on 19 discussion papers on policy areas the next administration, as well as other policy leaders and the public, should consider recognizing that the challenges and opportunities in health care have never been greater.

Governor Mike Leavitt, also co-chair of the ACLC, is lead author of the "Competencies and Tools to Shift Payment from Volume to Value" paper, which highlights the work of the ACLC and the importance of the government in supporting public-private collaborations to accelerate the adoption of alternative payment models.

Governor Leavitt and Mark McClellan both serve as steering committee members of the Vital Directions Series and view the series as the genesis for the mission of the ACLC. “As the steering committee met to identify key priorities for policy holders, the need for collaborations to identify care delivery competencies emerged as one of the top priorities. The ACLC credits its inception to the foresight of committee members who saw collaborations as a critical need.”

Other authors for the paper included Susan D. DeVore, Premier, Inc.; Elliott Fisher, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice; Richard J. Gilfillan, Trinity Health; H. Stephen Lieber, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society; Richard Merkin, Heritage Provider Network; Jeffrey Rideout, Integrated Healthcare Association; and, Kent J. Thiry, DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc.

All 19 papers have been peer reviewed and are available at The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published a series of Viewpoints presenting highlights from each of the 19 papers.

About the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC)

The ACLC accelerates the transition to accountable care by identifying what providers need to succeed in value-based payment models. Through collaborative forums, members contribute their understanding and experience in the real world of accountable care implementation. The ACLC is managed by Leavitt Partners, LLC.


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