12 Jan HCTTF CHRONIC Care Act Statement for the Record
The recent passage of the Senate’s Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 (S. 870), which passed under a unanimous consent agreement, is a strong indicator of widespread bipartisan support for measures that can improve the quality of care while lowering costs. Specifically, provisions such as an expanded Value-Based Insurance Design model, improvements to Medicare Advantage special needs plans, broader telehealth access, and flexibility in Accountable Care Organization (ACO) beneficiary assignment, have the potential to greatly improve care delivery.
We strongly encourage the House to expeditiously move the components of this important legislation forward, either through existing individual component bills or through a single bill that serves as a complement to S. 870. We acknowledge that these bills are in various stages of review, and commend committee leadership for continuing to advance these critical issues. The Task Force has identified areas for further enhancement in the pending legislation, described below.