About the Project
The Health Project is committed to developing bipartisan policy recommendations that will improve health care quality, lower costs, and enhance health care coverage and delivery. With a focus on health insurance coverage, reimbursement, and delivery system reform in the public and private sectors, the primary goal of the project is to produce bipartisan policy solutions through detailed policy analysis, the engagement of key stakeholders, and reasoned compromise among divergent policy and political interests. With a proven ability to bring together public and private sector leaders and to highlight successful and innovative delivery and payment strategies, the Health Project encourages the implementation of high quality, cost-effective, coordinated systems of care. The Health Project seeks to fill critical gaps in the substantive and political debate regarding our health care system and realize greater bipartisan support for lasting and viable reforms.
Delivery System Reform Initiative
Health care delivery system reform is integral to ensuring greater quality and affordability in our health care system. Despite the recent slowdown in health spending, health care costs consume a large and rapidly growing portion of the federal budget, crowding out investments in other critical areas and putting pressure on families, businesses, and governments. BPC’s Health Project launched its Health Care Cost Containment Initiative to analyze the largest drivers of health care cost growth and develop a broad set of recommendations for lowering costs, improving quality, and reducing inefficiency across the health care system.
BPC’s four initiative leaders, former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frist (R-TN), former Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-NM), and former White House and Congressional Budget Office Director Dr. Alice Rivlin came together and developed a comprehensive package of reforms, published as A Bipartisan Rx for Patient-Centered Care and System-Wide Cost Containment. BPC continues to develop these and other policy solutions to assist policymakers in the development of detail-oriented policies to promote delivery system reform.
Long-Term Care Initiative
The United States currently lacks a comprehensive and coherent strategy for the financing and delivery of long-term services and supports (LTSS). With the aging of the baby boomer generation and increasing longevity, the need for LTSS is expected to grow significantly over the next several decades. As an organization with experience facilitating difficult conversations on complex and controversial topics, BPC is in a unique position to make real progress toward bipartisan solutions on the delivery and financing of LTSS.
The Long-Term Care Initiative will focus on addressing our nation’s current and projected need for sustainable LTSS. The initiative will explore how to best integrate LTSS into changing models of health care delivery and payment, and will consider ways in which effectively-delivered LTSS could lower overall health spending while improving quality of care. Working with a diverse coalition of experts and stakeholders, including consumer, insurance and policy thought leaders, BPC will produce a set of policy options that explore sustainable strategies for long-term financing at the individual, family, state, and national levels.