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ACS Submits Comments to Senate HELP Committee on Improving Affordability through Innovation

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) submitted comments for consideration at the November 28 U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing titled Reducing Health Care Costs: Improving Affordability through Innovation. The College’s comments focused on the development of outcomes measures that accurately reflect quality, safety, and value; the development and implementation of alternative payment models (also known as APMs); and health information technology software tools to improve care and reduce administrative burden. The ACS also requested that as members of the committee consider efforts to increase transparency in medical costs, they look to physicians and other health care stakeholders to develop an innovative solution to gaps in network coverage, which can contribute to unexpected charges to patients. 

The ACS remains committed to working with the HELP Committee, members of Congress, and the Administration to improve quality of care while lowering costs.

Read a full copy of the ACS comments. For more information on price and information transparency, contact Mark Lukaszewski, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at

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