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Terry McAuliffe's Platform for Putting Virginia First: Healthcare

Terry McAuliffe's Platform for Putting Virginia First: Healthcare

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To be the best state for business we have to focus on building on the Commonwealth’s strengths while diversifying our economy. We’re faced with serious challenges as our federal government learns to live within its means, but these challenges also represent an opportunity to grow a strong and diverse 21st century economy.
To be the best state for business we have to focus on building on the Commonwealth’s strengths while diversifying our economy. We’re faced with serious challenges as our federal government learns to live within its means, but these challenges also represent an opportunity to grow a strong and diverse 21st century economy.

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hanges in healthcare present a tremendous opportunity to create jobs as we transition toward 1) a modern andeciently-managed health delivery system, 2) implement the Aordable Care Act, and 3) transition toward morehome- and community-based care. Terry’s goals in addressing these transitions will be to create jobs, save patients money,improve the quality o care, save the taxpayers money and grow our economy.
Making Healthcare Management More Modern and Ecient
 
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A Chie Operating Ocer or state health systems eciency.
By reorganizing the way state health plans anddelivery systems are managed, we can save time and money while delivering better value or our tax dollars.Critical to this reorganization will be the creation o a high-skill managerial position that will ocus on eciencyand modernization o Virginia’s management o state health services.
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Virginia’s Healthcare Industry.
Virginia is home to some o the nest institutions, personnel and health companiesin the world. We should continue to work with our remarkable providers, insurers and associated industries thatcontribute to our economy and wellbeing.
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 Focus workorce training.
We know that Medicaid Expansion will create over 30,000 jobs, and we’re going toneed people to ll them. We need to ensure that this growing segment o our economy has the talent it needs.Virginia’s Community College System will be our primary ocus as we expand workorce training. 
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 Integrate the system.
As a Commonwealth, we must do all we can to ensure coordination o high-qualitycare. By giving guidance and incentives or providers to coordinate all health proessionals and para-proessionals into more integrated systems o care, where appropriate, we can improve outcomes orpatients and lower costs. 
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 Stick with Virginia’s current ramework on tort reorm.
The recent tort reorm agreement between lawyers anddoctors was a model or civil dialogue in public policy in the best Virginia tradition. 
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Tackle tough healthcare challenges directly.
Virginia should work with healthcare providers to help deal with thechanges coming in our healthcare system.
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The Doctor-Patient Relationship. 
Our commitment to provide high quality medical care to every Virginian wouldbe impossible without a healthy doctor-patient relationship. As Governor, Terry will oppose any legislation thatplays politics with this central tenet o medical ethics by intruding on the doctor-patient relationship.
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 Keep more o our Virginia-trained doctors.
As a Commonwealth, we need to work with our hospitals and theederal government to increase residency slots and keep Virginia-trained doctors in Virginia.
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 Address chronic conditions through better coordination o patient-centered care.
Virginia must ocusour eorts on cost-eective strategies at managing chronic conditions (heart disease, diabetes, asthma,hypertension, and obesity) and preventing avoidable expense in our healthcare system. 
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 Continue and improve disaster and emergency planning coordination.
Our medical acilities do an excellentjob coordinating with state emergency management ocials, but continuing and improving that state oreadiness requires consistent training and planning. 
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 Attract and retain our health care workers.
EMTs, home healthcare workers, and the medical supply industryshould all be able to earn a good wage and work in decent conditions. 
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 Continue and expand veterans’ services.
I veterans can’t get their VA healthcare in a timely ashion, it’s up tothe state government to be their advocate and give them access to existing state programs to ll the gap. 
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 Continue to support eorts to expand rural health delivery.
By encouraging the ederal government to expandresidency slots and by supporting state programs that aid in loan repayments or rural health proessionals, wecan ensure that all Virginians get access to quality care. 
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 Increase support or home and community-based services through the Area Agencies on Aging.
The AreaAgencies on Aging are essential to keeping older adults and people with disabilities in their homes andcommunities. 
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 Adequately und nursing home and long-term care.
Virginia should ensure adequate training and resources areavailable or nursing home and long-term care to ensure quality care. 
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Medicaid Reorm.
Medicaid is a critical program or hundreds o thousands o Virginia amilies, people withdisabilities and older adults, including a majority o our senior population in long-term care. However, the systemcan be improved in signicant ways to make it more ecient or patients, healthcare providers and Virginiataxpayers. Reorms to payment and delivery systems and the inclusion o a system-wide COO will save money andcreate eciencies that improve outcomes. 
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 Continue eorts to reorm the delivery and payment systems.
The reorms pursued by the Reorm Commissionare a good start, but we can continue to build on those reorms to make improvements beyond those goals. 
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 Payment and delivery system improvements.
The systems we use to deliver Medicaid treatments can be improvedto save taxpayer dollars while delivering better care or our citizens. By ocusing on outcomes, not procedures, theCommonwealth can move toward a system o care that rewards quality, not the volume o services. 
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 Using modern metrics and outcome tracking.
By applying modern industry best practices anddemanding that we track our successes and ailures through registries, we can improve our deliverysystems, identiy strengths and weaknesses, and provide timely eedback to improve care.
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 Use modern technology.
Updating our technology will allow us to improve care through new solutionslike telemedicine. 
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 Apply innovative cost-reduction strategies and systems.
Virginia should test proven, innovative methodso care through pilots using Accountable Care Organizations, bundled payments, the patient-centeredmedical home, etc. as a way to better coordinate care, improve the quality o care, improve outcomes,and lower costs. 
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 Develop more case managers or care.
Coordination o services and making sure that dierent providersknow all the details o patients’ healthcare can save money and time while providing better outcomes. 
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 Create savings and eciencies by ocusing on long-term and community care or our senior citizens.
TheCommonwealth can be much more innovative when it comes to strategies that help our seniors stay healthierand stay in their homes longer. We should encourage more regular and preventive interactions with healthcareproessionals. This will improve quality o lie even as it bolsters our communities and conserves valuablehealthcare resources. 
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 Health IT.
The revolution in inormation technology is poised to dramatically improve healthcare, but it’s criticallyimportant that we get this right. A huge volume o the world’s internet trac fows through Northern Virginia,and across the Commonwealth we’ve got some o the brightest minds in both healthcare and computer science.We can increase our citizens’ saety as they use multiple medical acilities. Additionally, this transition will savepatients, providers, and the Commonwealth money and resources.
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 Virginia hospital systems are already making great strides.
Virginia should continue to support our healthcareproviders in adopting electronic medical records and other health IT systems, and should act as a convener toassist others in the transition away rom non-digital operations. 
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 Telemedicine.
Not every Virginian can get to see specialists in every eld, and in 2013, you shouldn’t haveto drive or hours just to have a quick conversation and evaluation. By increasing the use o telemedicine, wecan bring expertise to every corner o the Commonwealth and improve care while saving money. 
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 Health IT exchange.
The creation o an exchange that aggregates and makes shareable health data willprovide tremendous benets to consumers, doctors, and researchers.
Making the Aordable Care Act Work or Virginia
 
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 Virginia’s Responses to the Aordable Care Act.
The next Governor is going to need to work hard to ensure that, asthe Aordable Care Act is implemented, we get the best result possible or Virginia. Well-intentioned policymakerssupported and opposed that legislation, but that debate is over and it’s time to implement the law in the way thatcreates jobs and brings about savings and better outcomes or Virginia patients, doctors, and businesses. 
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 Rapid response team.
We know that there are going to be bumps in the road as Virginia and other statesset about implementing the Aordable Care Act. Individuals and business will need help navigating themarketplace, understanding eligibility or certain tax credits, choosing a plan, etc. By creating a team obusiness and healthcare specialists to help us navigate our way, we can provide businesses and individuals asimple place to go to answer questions, solve problems and get enrolled in the plan that is right or them.
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