Sebelius Urges IHI Attendees to Work Harder Toward Quality

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday dismissed predictions that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in March would be repealed. She spoke at the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, presented by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

1 comments on "Sebelius Urges IHI Attendees to Work Harder Toward Quality"
R Daniel King (12/15/2010 at 7:34 AM)

Secretary Sebelius, if you want care to be "safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centered," may I suggest you start with CMS. Neither Medicare or Medicaid are "safe" for providers because few can financially survive without private insurers subsidizing CMS's "budget-centered," "inequitable" and not "patient-centered" reimbursement rates. According to the president's economic council, CMS not only underpays for quality while paying for failure, but it is not "effective" in adjusting payments down for new services that over time cost less making CMS "inefficient." Because CMS has regulations it barely understands and an "ineffective" and "inefficient" IT system, both intentional and unintential fraud is out of control. So, if you want care to meet your above standard, start with a CMS reimbursement system that reflects your standard for care.


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