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2014 Partner Perspectives

For decades, the Medicare program has provided dependable, high-quality health care to our nation’s elderly and disabled populations. Over time, however, these populations and demographics have changed, the population has aged and health care costs continue to rise. To ensure the program remains for generations to come, we must explore policy solutions that sustain and improve the program.

The Partnership for the Future of Medicare (PFM) is fortunate to have respected partner groups with whom we share the same goal of improving the Medicare program for all beneficiaries. Our “Partner Perspectives” highlights the innovative approaches PFM partners have taken to move the U.S. toward a better health care system. Some partners, like the National Grange, have engaged in advocacy efforts — publishing op-eds and sending letters to Capitol Hill — to seize the attention of policymakers and other stakeholders. Others, like the Alliance for Aging Research, have developed valuable comprehensive resources to educate consumers, policymakers and others about the important issues at stake in health care. The Population Health Alliance’s broad research initiatives provide crucial metrics on health care system costs, program effectiveness, and more, ensuring that decision-makers have access to the best possible information. The California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) takes a different approach by testing new coordinated care models with its own member organizations. Others are invested in developing reform proposals, such as the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (PQHH)’s proposals on Medicare payment reform.

Whether it’s through education, research, advocacy or on-the-ground testing of new health care models, all of PFM’s partners are working toward one ultimate goal: reforming the Medicare system to provide high-quality, high-value, efficient health care to all Americans. The impressive work of our partners and others in this field has led to significant progress in Medicare reform and will continue to move the program in the right direction.

— Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Ph.D and Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D, PFM Co-Chairs

Read the 2014 Partner Perspectives here.

Thursday, September 11, 2014