This week in Washington—NAPH engaged with AcademyHealth at its National Health Policy Conference. You are tuning in to the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems health policy update for the week of Feb. 4, 2013.
This week, AcademyHealth hosted the National Health Policy Conference at the Grand Hyatt Washington in D.C. This conference, attended by hundreds of people from across the country, gave those focused on health policy an opportunity to learn from experts and one another.
The conference opened with a plenary session that featured U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Secretary Sebelius provided the audience with an overview of the administration’s agenda as federal and state governments tackle Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation. Other plenary sessions featured discussions about Health IT policy and the opportunities and challenges facing state officials as they implement the ACA. Panelists noted the need for additional guidance as they look toward the next steps of enacting the health benefit exchanges and other ACA provisions.
Featured speakers and panelists also offered a legislative perspective. Congressman Mike Burgess (R-TX) spoke during a lunch plenary and discussed what lies ahead for Congress in 2013 and the need to work out the issues of implementing the ACA. Day 2 featured a bipartisan congressional panel that explored those issues further. A special session on the politics of health reform at the state level closed out the conference. In that session, panelists discussed issues faced by states that will or will not create a state-based exchange or take up the Medicaid expansion.
Breakout sessions covered a variety of topics—such as, state-based exchanges, evidence-based decision making, new models to pay for care, and care delivery innovation. NAPH President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Siegel moderated one of the breakout sessions about Medicaid and Delivery Innovation. During that session, panelists discussed new ways to care for Medicaid patients as states move forward with the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.
Thanks for listening to another edition of This Week in Washington. I’m Zina Gontscharow; join us next week for another update.