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Testimony and Public Comment

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Comments on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Medicare Shared Saving Program
December 3, 2010

Comments on Implementation of the Physician Compare Website
November 30, 2010

Comments on NCQA Draft Standards for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
November 19, 2010

Comments on the Department of Health and Human Services' National Health Care Quality Strategy and Plan
October 15, 2010

Comments on Planning and Establishment of State-Level Exchanges
October 4, 2010

Comment on Release of Medicare Data for Performance Reporting
September 27, 2010

Proposed Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and CY 2011 Payment Rates: Comments from National Consumer, Labor, and Employer Organizations
August 31, 2010

Comments on CMS Proposed 2011 Physician Fee Schedule
August 24, 2010

Comments on proposed NCQA Medical Home Standards for 2011
July 2, 2010

Letter in Support of Don Berwick, M.D. Nomination as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
June 29, 2010

HHS Interim Final Rule on Implementing a Web Portal
June 4, 2010

Open Letter in Support of Meaningful Use Rule
April 20, 2010

Comments on the Proposed Rule for Incentive Payments to Providers
Background on Meaningful Use
March 15, 2010

Consensus Statement for Delivery Reform in Conference Committee
January 5, 2010


Consensus Statement on Comparative Effectiveness Research
December 2, 2009

Support for Delivery Reform Joint Letter
November 20, 2009

Support of Stand for Quality Comments on H.R. 3590, "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"
November 20, 2009

Support of Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project Comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Proposed 2010 Physician Fee Schedule
August 31, 2009

Support of Stand for Quality for Assuring Quality Focus in Health Reform
August 19, 2009

PBGH Letter to Congress on the Need for Health Reform to Address Cost Trends for Public and Private Purchasers
August 18, 2009

Joint Letter on Comparative Effectiveness provisions (Section 1401) to the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 (HR 3200)
August 13, 2009

Creating a Sustainable Path to High Quality Health Care for All Americans
US House Committee on Ways and Means Hearings on Health Reform
Peter V. Lee, June 24, 2009

Support of Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project Comments on Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
June 21, 2009

"Meaningful Use" of Health Information Technology - View Summary
National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics Executive Subcommittee Hearing.
David Lansky, PhD, April 29, 2009 Audio archive

Testimony on Promoting Delivery System Reform - View Summary
Senate Finance Committee, Roundtable on Reforming America's Health Delivery System. Read additional testimony
Peter V. Lee, April 21, 2009

Testimony on Comparative Effectiveness Research - View Summary
Federal Coordinating Committee for Comparative Effectiveness Research
David Lansky, PhD, April 14, 2009


Comments on Discussion Draft Bill to Establish a Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program
Senators Baucus & Grassley, Senate Finance Committee, December 2008

Support of Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project Comments on Medicare Value-Based Purchasing for Physician and Other Professional Services
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, December 2008

Promoting Quality and Value in Health Reform
Senate Finance Committee
Peter V. Lee, September 2008

Amicus Brief on behalf of Consumers’ Checkbook in a case seeking release of targeted Medicare data for consumers (Checkbook v. HHS, 07-5343 (D.C. Cir.). Notice of Consent
Filed with the Court of Appeals, June 2008

Support of Consumer Purchaser Disclosure Project Comments on Medicare Hospital Payment and Reporting Policies
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, June 2008

Support of Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement, Reporting and Tiering Programs
Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project, April 2008


Comment to DMHC regarding Proposed Legislation 1300.71
Department of Managed Health Care, October 2007


Public Comment on Medicare Physician Payments
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, August 2006

Public Comment on Physician Specialty Measures
NCQA, August 2006

Public Comment on "National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Symptom Management and End-of-Life Care in Cancer Patients"
NCQA, July 2006

Public Comment on PPO HEDIS Technical Specifications
NCQA, July 2006

Stimulating the Emergence of a 60 Mile Per Gallon American Health Care System
House/Senate Joint Economic Committee
Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH, May 2006

Public Comment to Proposed Changes to Accreditation Standards for 2007
NCQA, April 2006

Public Comment on HEDIS 2007 Measures
NCQA, March 2006


Medicare Physician Payment: How to Build a More Efficient Payment System
Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health
Peter V. Lee, November 2005

Public Comment on Physician Practice Connection-Cover Letter
Public Comment on Physician Practice Connection-Comments
NCQA, October 2005

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Jennifer Eames Huff, MPH
Director, Advancing Value-Based Policy

Email: jeames@pbgh.org
Tel: 415-615-6307