The LAN welcomes new Accountable Care Action Collaborative member Mara McDermott

September 21, 2023

Washington, D.C., (DATE) — Today, the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network (HCP-LAN) announced Accountable for Health (A4H), a nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization committed to accelerating the adoption of effective accountable care, will join the LAN’s Accountable Care Action Collaboration (ACAC). A4H, led by CEO Mara McDermott, will work with other ACAC members to accelerate the adoption of accountable care to improve people’s experience in the healthcare system, produce better outcomes, and lower costs.

The LAN defines “accountable care” as care that centers on the patient and aligns their care team to support shared decision-making. This helps to realize the best achievable health outcomes for all through equitable, comprehensive, high-quality, affordable, longitudinal care.

The LAN believes building strong partnerships across payers, purchasers, providers, states, and beneficiaries is essential to achieving system-wide transformation. ACAC members are industry leaders who work with the LAN to advance accountable care, the patient-centered effort that centers on shared decision-making and supports best outcomes for all. A4H joins the ACAC as its 32nd member.

“A4H will be a great asset to the ACAC, as it represents an experienced cohort of organizations involved in accountable care. We look forward to working with them to make significant progress in putting ideas into action. Mara’s experience in working with diverse constituencies within the health care industry will be a bonus,” said ACAC co-chair Jeff Micklos, executive director of the Health Care Transformation Task Force.

Key components of the ACAC include creating a movement that promotes efforts to advance accountable care, coordinating with and leveraging other LAN initiatives and activities, and fostering partnerships to facilitate large-scale application of findings and best practices.

A4H represents nearly 40 like-minded stakeholders including providers of and advocates for accountable care. A4H aims to drive cohesive advocacy to showcase accountable care, facilitate information sharing and messaging alignment, and shape and develop policy positions at the federal level. Additionally, A4H engages in educational efforts to spotlight and profile care innovations and successes.

“A4H is pleased to join such a robust group of leaders coming together to advance health care delivery that prioritizes quality and outcomes over the number of services provided,” said McDermott. “Our objectives are aligned toward creating transformational change for Americans to improve their health care experiences.”

About Accountable for Health

Accountable for Health (A4H) is a 501(c)(4) national advocacy and policy analysis organization accelerating the adoption of sustainable, effective accountable care that improves health care quality and outcomes and lower costs. They represent a broad, diverse group of accountable care stakeholders working to improve the way health care is delivered to people across the county, across various payers, programs, and delivery models. A4H provides advocacy, research, and education to improve outcomes and patient experiences while lowering costs. For more information, visit Follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter (@acct4health).

About the LAN

The LAN started in 2015 and is an active group of public and private health care leaders dedicated to providing thought leadership, strategic direction, and ongoing support to accelerate our care system’s adoption of alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN mobilizes payers, providers, purchasers, patients, product manufacturers, policymakers, and others in a shared mission to lower care costs, improve patient experiences and outcomes, reduce the barriers to APM participation, and promote shared accountability. Find more information here.

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