There's no shortage of rancor and debate around healthcare policy, and that has only increased in the past year as Congress attempted an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Throughout this time, the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from the nation's leading healthcare organizations, this year chaired by Cardinal Health Chairman and CEO George Barrett, has been one of the strongest voices advocating for sensible, stable policies.
Mary Grealy, president of the HLC, does see bright spots in this heated debate. Since taking her role with the HLC in August 1999, she's led initiatives focusing on affordable healthcare, coverage for the uninsured, Medicare reform, patient-centered healthcare, and private sector innovation. Grealy spoke recently with Essential Insights contributor Michael Myser about the HLC's role and her view of the nation's healthcare policy, the changes she hopes to see, and how HLC member organizations and other stakeholders can contribute to policy discussions.
Michael Myser: What is the HLC, and how do you go about getting its ideas heard and implemented in a way that can make a positive change?