Today, more than ever, the federal government establishes the nation’s health care priorities. WSW works with a broad array of health care providers to make sure that each client's direct experience and expertise in delivering the highest quality health care is actively represented in the federal policy-making process.
Through the budget and regulatory processes, Congress and the Administration determine:
- how funding for constructing, renovating and equipping hospitals is directed;
- how funding for basic medical research is directed;
- how hospitals and physicians practice medicine and are reimbursed for services;
- how patients access care by their physicians and at their hospitals;
- how patients access prescription drugs and newer technologies and devices, and how those manufacturers are reimbursed;
- how new drugs and new devices are approved for patient use; and
- what types of professionals are allowed to provide health care;
These are just some examples of the very direct impact Congress and the federal government has on the delivery of health care. In our view, it has never been more important for health care providers to build direct, long-term, substantive relationships with your Representatives in Washington, both to impact national policy debates as well as to secure specific federal actions that allow providers to continue to deliver the highest quality health care services to residents of each Member’s district and state.
WSW recent work on behalf of health care providers has included:
securing emergency supplemental funding for purchasing antiviral medicines for our nation’s strategic national stockpile to protect against Avian influenza
securing a Medicare reimbursement fix worth nearly $100 million over three years for approximately 43 hospitals
working with a community based hospital to secure a wage index modification
funding for multiple hospital construction and renovation projects, including expansions of emergency room and cancer center facilities
support for equipment purchases, including linear accelerators and CT scanners
funds to implement electronic medical records and make information technology improvements
expansion of health care workforce and training programs and for a women's health initiative
establishing research partnerships between hospitals and the National Institutes of Health as well as the U.S. Department of Defense
secured early detection and counseling for those co-infected with HIV and HCV resulting in coverage of a prescription drug under the Ryan White Care Act for a major pharmaceutical client
About the Client
WSW health care clients include:
- Association of teaching hospitals
- Community based hospitals
- Specialty hospitals
- State-wide hospital system
- Health care educators
- Research based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies
- Association of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers
The WSW team has worked directly, either during their tenures on Capitol Hill, or since then at WSW, on virtually every major health care initiative in Congress during the last two decades.
For more information, please contact any member of our team.