ARC CEO advocates for a better health model

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Since its founding in 1980, Austin Regional Clinic has been at the forefront of providing access to high-quality, coordinated medical care with an eye toward lowering the total cost of that care.

Advocating for patient health and lower costs

On January 30, 2024, as the current Chair of the Board of Directors for America's Physician Groups (APG), ARC President and CEO Anas Daghestani, MD, addressed a healthcare subcommittee of the U.S. Congress on the topic of "Improving Patient Health & Lowering Costs."

Dr. Daghestani and other physician leaders joined two members of Congress to call on Congress and federal regulators to take steps to enable physicians and clinicians to adopt value-based health care — a healthcare delivery model in which hospitals and physicians are paid based on patient health outcomes.

ARC's leadership in value-based care

ARC has been a value-based accountable care organization (ACO) for over a decade. Its success in reducing the cost of care for Medicare patients was recognized nationally when ARC's accountable care organization (ACO) was ranked in the top 7%. As a member of an ACO, ARC continues to meet very high quality metrics set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services while working to improve health outcomes for all patients and reduce avoidable costs for our patients, employers, Medicare, and the taxpayers.

In his remarks at the briefing, Dr. Daghestani provided examples of how value-based care benefits patients and lowers costs. He joined other leaders in urging Congress to continue to support and strengthen the movement to value-based care.

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