Jan 26, 2015
By: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary
Since my very first days as Secretary, you’ve heard me talk about improving our nation’s health delivery system to better meet the needs and expectations of the people of America.
Whether you happen to be a patient, a provider, a business, a health plan or a taxpayer, it’s in our common interest to build a health care delivery system that’s better, smarter and healthier – a system that delivers better care; a system that spends health care dollars more wisely; and a system that makes our communities healthier.
Over the last several years we’ve started making significant progress – thanks in large part to the Affordable Care Act.
The question is, how do we build upon this progress? How do we take it to the next level?
It’s my belief that to do that we must find better ways as a country to deliver care, pay providers, and distribute information.
Today, for the first time, we are setting clear goals – and establishing a clear timeline --for moving from volume to value in Medicare payments.