OSF HealthCare Participates in CMS Roundtable

4/23/2015 - Peoria, Illinois

  • Dr. Ralph Velazquez

    Dr. Ralph Velazquez

OSF Healthcare System Senior VP of Care Management was among a select group of health care leaders invited to the Chicago Region 5 CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Offices to be part of the latest national effort to transform and improve health care in the country.  The new CMO for Region 5, Dr. Robert Furno, and the Acting Administrator of CMS, Mr. Andrew Slavitt, co-hosted the roundtable on the afternoon of April 15th which they explained was the first step in a national listening tour for Slavitt.

The objectives of the roundtable were to gather feedback on the CMS experience in terms of Care Coordination and Primary Care Realities.  The dozen participants represented State Medical Societies from Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin as well as various state health-related associations from Illinois and specifically Chicago.  Representatives from three different ACOs attended including Dr. Velazquez.

When asked to recap the session, Dr. Velazquez explained, “The roundtable served as an excellent means to share concerns about Care Coordination and Primary Care Physician training directly with two new leaders in CMS who will be responsible for helping to shape how health care will be transformed in the U.S.  Andy Slavitt indicated he plans to use this roundtable approach for gathering similar information in the other four CMS Regions since this initial one garnered such useful insights.” 

A Pioneer Accountable Care Organization, OSF HealthCare has been aggressively moving toward value payment models of care for several years, with success measured by the overall health of the patients served. The goal of all providers within OSF HealthCare is to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time.

Being asked to participate in this CMS Regional Roundtable is an extension of the work undertaken by OSF HealthCare earlier this year as part of the Health Care Transformation Task Force. The task force is an elite group of health systems, health insurers, purchasers, employers and patients who are working together to lead sweeping transformation of national health care during the next five years.



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