Bill Extending PHC4 Passes House Committee

On June 26, 2014, the state House Health Committee approved a funding bill (Senate Bill 1267) to extend the life of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) for another three years. The bill passed the state Senate on April 8.

PHC4 was slated to “sunset,” or fade out of existence, on June 30. The body collects and reports on important hospital data, and extending its life is something the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) strongly supports.

PHC4 is an independent state agency responsible for addressing the problem of escalating health costs, ensuring the quality of health care, and increasing access for all citizens regardless of ability to pay.

“PHC4 advances quality and value in health care,” said Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, executive vice president at PAMED.