The Office of Health Care Affordability (OHCA), which recently announced its eight board members, has opened the application process to serve on the advisory committee.
The advisory committee must meet at least four times per year and be consulted before key OHCA decisions are made. For example, the advisory committee will provide input on setting cost targets, defining health care sectors, establishing penalties for enforcement, and promulgating new standards (e.g., primary care and behavioral health spending benchmarks). Representatives on the advisory committee are appointed by a majority vote of the board. While there are no slots dedicated to specific stakeholder representatives, in making appointments, the board is required to aim for broad representation across the health care industry, including hospitals, patient advocates, and others. There are no term limits. Ultimately, we expect there to be more applicants than slots available.
As OHCA finds its bearings over the next few years and establishes new rules and regulatory processes, wide-ranging and well-supported advice from the hospital field will be needed. For these reasons, CHA expects participation on the committee to represent a major commitment on the part of its members. CHA knows it is critical that hospital voices be represented on the advisory committee. A member of the CHA executive team will apply, and we encourage our members who have the time, policy expertise, and adequate staff support to apply as well.
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