ALEX AZAR LAYS OUT VALUE-BASED CARE AGENDA — The HHS secretary’s four stated priorities, presented at a Federation of American Hospitals conference, generally mirror what the Obama administration pushed in its final years in office, POLITICO’s David Pittman reports. The methods for achieving those goals, of course, will likely look different.
— Azar priority #1: Allow patients to access their medical records. This was also the focus of the HHS health IT office in Obama’s second term, David writes, noting that the office spent months drafting a “roadmap” for better information sharing and promoted new ways to access patient records.
— Azar priority #2: Increase transparency. Boosting transparency of services will help patients better shop for care, he said. The previous administration also focused on making Medicare data public to let consumers compare the quality of various providers.