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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
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June 8, 2017
17:031

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RETIRING HEALTH AND WELFARE DIRECTOR TO LEAD HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY ADVISORY PANEL

(BOISE) – Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed retiring Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong today to lead an advisory panel of industry professionals that will review any new federal or State health-care initiatives.

Supported by Health and Welfare’s Office of Healthcare Policy Initiatives, the Governor’s Health Care Advisory Panel (HCAP) will include members representing all major public- and private-sector participants in Idaho’s health-care delivery and financial systems. HCAP, created last week by Executive Order 2017-07, also will include members with expertise in health information technology, clinical quality and patient safety.

Armstrong, who is retiring from Health and Welfare on June 30 and previously led Blue Cross of Idaho, will chair HCAP as a private citizen as the panel facilitates statewide discussion on Idaho’s health-care policies. It also will provide research and guidance on emerging health-care policy issues and help the Governor and legislators develop sustainable policy strategies.

“Over the last ten years we have laid the foundation for meaningful and beneficial improvements in health outcomes and cost control. Now is the time to implement value-based payment methods linked to the patient-centered medical home,” Armstrong said. “This panel will provide guidance to the Governor and legislators in healthcare policy strategies as Idaho transitions from paying for volume to paying for value.” 

HCAP was created because “the State has a continuing interest in implementing workable, realistic solutions to health-care issues with the objective of increasing health-care accessibility and affordability for all Idahoans,” according to the executive order. What’s more, “constantly evolving federal and State health-care policy initiatives need to be thoroughly analyzed before they are applied to Idaho’s health-care system.”

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