HHS holds summit on healthcare reform's impact on quality

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The Department of Health and Human Services Monday hosted the National Summit on Health Care Quality and Value in Washington, D.C.

States, healthcare providers, consumer advocates, employers and other interested stakeholders gathered to talk about how healthcare reform can promote high quality healthcare. New models of coordinating care and restructuring care delivery to improve patient outcomes were two topics of discussion at the summit.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick addressed the attendees.

Also Monday, nearly 1,000 additional employers and unions have been accepted into the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, HHS said. The program provides $5 billion to help employers and unions maintain health coverage for retirees age 55 and older who are not yet eligible for Medicare.