Non-profit and Government Agencies
These non-profit and government agencies provide additional information about the healthcare industry.
The America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), located in Washington, DC, represents more than 1,000 HMOs, PPOs, and other network-based plans. AHIP's member companies are dedicated to a philosophy of healthcare that puts the patient first; together they care for close to 140 million Americans nationwide.
AHIP was created in 1996 by the merger of the Group Health Association of America (GHAA) and the American Managed Care and Review Association (AMCRA). The merger of the two groups created a new organization, recognized in the healthcare community for its leadership and innovation, that speaks with a stronger voice and delivers a unified message about the modern style of healthcare delivery.
The Healthcare Leadership Council is the exclusive forum for the leadership of the healthcare industry to jointly advance a market-based healthcare system that values innovation and provides high-quality healthcare. The members of the HLC, chief executives from all disciplines within the healthcare system, develop policies, plans, and programs to constantly improve the affordability, the innovation, and the quality of the American healthcare system.
The Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading corporations with a combined workforce of more than 10 million employees in the United States and $3.7 trillion in revenues. The chief executives are committed to advocating public policies that foster vigorous economic growth and a dynamic global economy.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is organized around three centers to clearly reflect the agency's major lines of business:
- Traditional fee-for-service Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and state-administered programs, such as Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
- The Center for Medicare Management focuses on management of the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. This center's responsibility includes development of payment policy and management of Medicare fee-for-service contractors.
- The Center for Beneficiary Choices focuses on providing beneficiaries with information on Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medigap options.
- The center is responsible for management of the Medicare Advantage plans, consumer research and demonstrations, and grievance and appeals functions.