Today, the Nashville Health Care Council hosted American Hospital
Association (AHA) president and CEO Rich Umbdenstock for a policy
briefing on AHA's vision for the future of the health care system under
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The AHA is a
national policy advocate for a membership that includes nearly 5,000
hospitals and other providers of care.
Umbdenstock shared the AHA's strategies for improving the health care
system, ensuring the short- and long-term financial viability of the
Medicare and Medicaid programs and bringing down the federal debt and
deficit. These include restructuring the system so that it promotes and
rewards accountability and focuses on using limited health care
resources more wisely.
here to view video excerpts of Umbdenstock's comments.Click
here to view event photos online.
"Hospitals have worked hard to hold costs down by keeping health care
spending growth at historically low levels for the third straight year,"
said Umbdenstock. "We need meaningful improvements to entitlement
programs that involve all stakeholders and not indiscriminate cuts to
payments for hospital services that will impact access for patients."
Umbdenstock became president and CEO of the AHA in 2007. His career
experience includes hospital aministration; health system governance,
management and integration; association governance and management; HMO
governance and health care consulting.
"Members of the AHA, many here in our region, are on the front lines of
care delivery on a daily basis. We are honored to hear from the leader
of a national organization helping to shape policy and implementation of
health reform," said Council President Caroline Young.
Today's program was part of the Council's Health Care Reform Series,
which offers insights on key provisions of the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act, including policy development, implementation
and potential outcomes. BlueCross
BlueShield of Tennessee Health Institute is the presenting sponsor
of the series and this program. Supporting sponsors for this program are Bass,
Berry & Sims; Cressey
& Company; LifePoint
Hospitals; and associate sponsor is Katcher
Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations.
About the American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association
of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed
to the health improvement of their communities. The AHA is the national
advocate for its members, which include almost 5,000 hospitals, health
care systems, networks and other providers of care and 42,000 individual
members. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care
leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends.
For more information, visit the AHA Web site at www.aha.org.
About the Nashville Health Care Council
The Nashville Health Care Council, founded in 1995 as an affiliate of
the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, is an association of health care
industry leaders working together to further establish Nashville's
position as the nation's health care industry capital. Worldwide,
Nashville's health care industry generates more than 400,000 jobs and
$70 billion in annual revenue. The industry is Nashville's largest and
fastest growing employer. For more information on the Council, please
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