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College Responds to Request for Information on Reducing Health Care Costs

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) submitted comments March 1 to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on specific steps Congress could take to lower health care costs, incentivize care that improves patient outcomes, and improve patient access to information about their health care to make informed decisions.

The ACS stated that to meaningfully address the growing costs of health care, there must be a clear picture of how and where money is being spent and the impact this spending has on patients. Lowering cost, while important, must be tied to improving overall outcomes and the quality of care delivered. The ACS said that creating a value statement derived from patient-centered, team-based quality of care measurement, with shared accountability across the clinical domain and episode-based cost measurement, provides the best chance to both improve quality of care and reduce health spending.

The ACS remains committed to working with the HELP Committee, members of Congress, and the Administration to address this problem with the overall goal of empowering patients, improving the quality of health care, and lowering health care costs.

Read the College’s comments; for more information, contact Carrie Zlatos, ACS Senior Congressional Lobbyist, at czlatos@facs.org.

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