Community Catalyst Joins Health Care Transformation Task Force
Brings a Consumer Voice to Alliance of Private Sector Leaders Spearheading Adoption of Value-Based Payment Models
WASHINGTON, DC and BOSTON – The Health Care Transformation Task Force, a partnership of leading health care payers, providers, purchasers and patient organizations, announced today that Community Catalyst has joined its membership, and Susan Sherry, Deputy Director of Community Catalyst, has been named to serve on the group’s board. The organization will have additional representation on the Task Force’s work groups.
The Task Force is an industry consortium that brings together patients, payers, providers and purchasers to align private and public sector efforts to clear the way for a sweeping transformation of the U.S. health care system. By developing and disseminating strategy, operational and policy recommendations, it seeks to spark rapid, measurable change across the health care landscape. Its members are committed to having 75 percent of their respective businesses operating under value-based payment arrangements by 2020.
“We welcome Community Catalyst as an important partner in the Task Force’s work to accelerate the transformation of the U.S. health care system,” said Richard J. Gilfillan, MD, CEO and president of Trinity Health and the Task Force’s chairman. “There is a vital need for the people who receive, give, and advocate and pay for care to work cooperatively to accelerate our efforts to improve the cost and quality of care. We value the commitment and experience Community Catalyst brings to our effort.”
A national consumer health advocacy organization, Community Catalyst has been working for nearly two decades to improve the delivery and quality of care for the most vulnerable including individuals with chronic conditions, frail older adults and people with disabilities. Community Catalyst helped found the Commonwealth Care Alliance, an innovative health plan for people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and has been on the front lines working to ensure those consumers and their families have a voice in their care.
“We’re delighted to participate in the Task Force and hope to bring a valuable consumer perspective to this important work,” said Sherry. “It’s critical that the various stakeholders in the health system work together to encourage innovation and efficiency in the system without shifting additional costs onto consumers. Our ultimate collective goal has to be better care at lower costs.”
About Health Care Transformation Task Force
Health Care Transformation Task Force is an industry consortium that brings together patients, payers, providers and purchasers to align private and public sector efforts to clear the way for a sweeping transformation of the U.S. health care system. Our members are committed to rapid, measurable change, both for ourselves and our country. Our members aspire to having 75 percent of our respective businesses operating under value-based payment arrangements by 2020.To learn more, visit www.hcttf.org.
About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1998 with the belief that affordable, quality health care should be accessible to everyone. We work in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers, and philanthropic foundations to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, courtrooms, statehouses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org. Read our blog at http://blog.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter @healthpolicyhub.