by Dianne Kiehl
Continuing a commitment
to health care value
From the Executive Director

It is imperative that the employer community continue to be a vital force with shared objectives to collectively drive improvement in both costs and quality. With that objective in mind, the Business Health Care Group has been engaged in a rigorous strategic planning process for the past two years, taking into account evolving market changes as well as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Our planning process has identified several strategies that we believe are necessary for our continued success in driving improved health care value in our market. We continue to work on developing a model that:

  • Incentivizes the primary care provider to transition from a production model to a care management model, thereby improving the total cost of care and patient experience
  • Identifies physicians and centers of value for selected services
  • Improves the transparency of cost and quality information
  • Strengthens consumer accountability for health and health care purchasing decisions by providing tools, information and value based plan designs

As I attend conferences around the country and hear from other employers and industry leaders, I am struck by the fact that the model we are developing is consistent with the direction in which the most sophisticated health care purchasers are headed.  I am more convinced than ever we are on the right path if we are going to realize the goal of purchasing health care based on value rather than volume.

As we continue to refine our model in the coming months, I look forward to sharing more details with you. 

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