Care Continuum Alliance Members Met with Louisiana Representative Boustany

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The discussion focused on prevention and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship

Care Continuum Alliance, Voice of Population Health
Prevention is key, but it needs to be guided. You can’t just tell someone ‘go do it.'

Members and partners of the Care Continuum Alliance, the leading advocate for population health and wellness, met Wednesday with Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Republican from Louisiana, to discuss current legislative and regulatory activities on prevention, wellness, and other health care issues critical to the population health management industry.

As a cardiovascular surgeon for more than 20 years, Representative Boustany, Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee in the House Committee on Ways and Means, supports innovative health care strategies that emphasize prevention and the doctor-patient relationship to improve health outcomes and achieve cost savings. His participation was a dynamic start to CCA’s Washington Representatives Meet and Greet series for 2013, a monthly gathering of CCA members and partners with government officials and policymakers.

After sharing a personal story about helping a morbidly obese young woman with a serious cardiovascular condition beat the odds of her failing health, Representative Boustany emphasized that this successful outcome was the direct result of a highly collaborative doctor-patient partnership.

“In my experience, health care improvement needs to be based on a real doctor-patient relationship, built on trust and working towards a common goal,” said Representative Boustany. “Prevention is key, but it needs to be guided. You can’t just tell someone ‘go do it’ without providing clear guidance and means to follow up. Encouraging wellness and prevention helps improve quality of life and can lower costs.”

In regards to reimbursement and payment strategies for the healthcare system, Congressman Boustany emphasized that he does not want to narrowly focus on any singular model.

“I don’t want to pick a particular type of model”, said Congressman Boustany. “Let’s allow models to grow organically and see what works, because what could work in Louisiana may not work somewhere else. The key is that care is delivered efficiently, in real time, so we can have good outcomes and save costs.”

Serving his third term in office, Boustany represents Louisiana’s Third Congressional District, which covers Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana.

“This was an exceptional opportunity for our members to discuss some of the most relevant issues affecting the population health industry, with a legislator who is in a unique position to understand them,” said Fred Goldstein, CCA Interim Executive Director. “His insights on prevention, coordination of care and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship are enhanced by his firsthand experience in the medical field.”

Congressman Boustany called on CCA members to serve as a resource, keep the lines of communications open, and provide him with more information and feedback about current and future regulatory and legislative efforts to inform his work.

“We thank Representative Boustany for meeting with our members and partners. We look forward to serving as a resource as Congress considers approaches towards our common goal of improving health outcomes and better controlling health care spending,” said Victoria Shapiro, Director of Government Affairs.

The Washington Representatives meeting was held at the offices of Locke Lord Strategies in Washington, DC.

About the Care Continuum Alliance
The Care Continuum Alliance represents more than 200 organizations and individuals and aligns all stakeholders on the care continuum toward improving population health. Through advocacy, research and education, the Care Continuum Alliance advances strategies to improve care quality and outcomes and reduce preventable costs for the well and those with and at risk of chronic conditions. Learn more at http://www.carecontinuumalliance.org.

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