Gov. Wolf Creates Interagency Health Reform Council

Last Updated: Nov 2, 2020

Pennsylvania-Map-articleWith an Executive Order signed in October, Governor Wolf established the Interagency Health Reform Council (IHRC) to evaluate the potential alignment of commonwealth health care payment and delivery systems to provide efficient, whole-person health care that also contains costs, reduces disparities, and achieves better health outcomes for residents of Pennsylvania. The establishment of this council is a part of the governor’s stated efforts to promote affordability, accessibility, and value in health care.

Additional information regarding the IHRC was published in the October 31, 2020 edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

The council will be composed of commonwealth agencies involved in health and the governor’s office. The initial goal will be to develop recommendations by Dec. 31, 2020, through finding efficiencies in the health care system by thinking about how to align programs where feasible - including the joint purchasing of medications, aligning value-based purchasing models, and using data across state agencies to promote evidence-based decisions.

Responsibilities of the council include the following:

  • Evaluate and recommend policies to align and integrate commonwealth programs and activities related to health and health care.
  • Monitor implementation of the Commonwealth's priorities, policies and initiatives related to enhancing health care delivery and health care cost containment.
  • In the absence of legislative action, develop initial health care cost growth benchmarks by March 31, 2021, and make accompanying recommendations for development of future year cost targets.

The council is charged with submitting a report to the governor by the end of the year that includes proposals for the development and implementation of health care reform and identifies all policy and legislative changes needed to effectuate the council's proposals.

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