DCHA was happy to host and be part of a thoughtful group of health care advocates serving on the Mayor’s Commission on Healthcare Systems Transformations. The first meeting on June 25 was a productive discussion of member priorities and concerns, along with approval of the bylaws. The Commission will consist of six subcommittees:
- Equitable Geographic Distribution of Acute, Urgent and Specialty Care
- Access to Critical Care and Urgent Care Services
- Emergency Room Overcrowding & General Reliance on Inpatient Hospital Care
- Allied Health Care Professionals
- Discharge Planning & Transitions to Care
- Value-Based Purchasing of Health Care Services
The Commission was established on June 3 to make recommendations to the Mayor on the strategies and investments necessary to transform health care delivery in the District of Columbia. The Commission’s work shall focus on developing recommendations that address the current stresses in the District’s health care system, while specifically targeting the following issues: improving access to primary, acute, and specialty care services, including behavioral health care; addressing health system capacity issues for inpatient, outpatient, pre-hospital and emergency room services; and promoting an equitable geographic distribution of acute care and specialty services in communities east of the Anacostia river.