Yesterday, Governor Raimondo signed an Executive Order creating the Working Group for Healthcare Innovation. She tasked the Group with improving patient care and health outcomes while reducing costs for all Rhode Islanders. Sam Salganik, the Center’s director and supervising attorney, was named to the Group to represent the interests of healthcare consumers.
The Executive Order identifies the Working Group as a “primary coordinating body” for all healthcare reform activities in the State, and tasks the Group with examining a statewide healthcare spending cap akin to one already operating in Massachusetts. Other priorities set for the Group include: planning to have 80% of all healthcare payments tied to quality by 2018 (“80 by ’18”); considering new IT platforms with the potential to improve care and reduce waste; and studying and improving access to care for all Rhode Islanders, including those in disadvantaged communities.
The Working Groups is chaired by Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Secretary Elizabeth Roberts, and final recommendations are due to the Governor by December 1, 2015.
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Read the Executive Order here.