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National Alliance Elects New Board Leadership; Adds New Members

WASHINGTON – July 13, 2017 – The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (formerly the National Business Coalition on Health), a non-profit organization of business coalitions across the country, announced its slate of new officers for the Board of Governors. Officers are elected by their board peers based on proven leadership and commitment to the National Alliance, as well as their efforts to advance and strengthen value-based purchasing strategies.


“The National Alliance is focused on driving innovation health and value in healthcare and these coalition leaders play a critical role in shaping and driving our strategic agenda,” said Michael Thompson, National Alliance president and CEO. “Our organization is not only fortunate to have the participation of these industry experts, but we’re also seeing growth of our membership as new coalitions are being developed throughout the country. Our key areas of focus will continue to include thoughtful health reform, value-based contracting, specialty drugs, community health initiatives, obesity, mental health and wellbeing.”

Elected Officers to the Board of Governors:

  • Chair – Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
  • Vice-chair – Jessica Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Chris Skisak, Executive Director, Houston Business Coalition on Health
  • Representative, – Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health
  • Representative – Karen van Caulil, President and CEO, Florida Health Care Coalition

  • Elected At Large Representative to the Board of Governors:

  • Denise Giambalvo, Executive Director, Employers’ Health Coalition
  • Christopher Goff, CEO and General Counsel, Employers Health
  • Diane Hess, Executive Director, Central Penn Business Group on Health
  • Anne Ladd, CEO, Wyoming Business Coalition on Health
  • Laurel Pickering, President and CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health
  • Chris Syverson, CEO, Nevada Business Group on Health
  • Lisa Wear-Ellington, President/CEO, South Carolina Business Group on Health

  • New this year to add additional skill sets and industry expertise to leadership, the National Alliance has opened the board to two external (non-coalition) members:

  • Garry Carneal, Founder, Schooner Strategies and Senior Policy Advisor, Kennedy Forum
  • Kulleni Gebreyes, Principal, Health Industries Advisory Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Growing national footprint

    The National Alliance continues to add new member coalitions in communities throughout the US, with The Economic Alliance for Michigan and the North Carolina Business Group on Health the most recent organizations to join.

    Annual Conference


    Convening employers, policymakers, business coalition leaders and other healthcare stakeholders, the National Alliance will host its 24th Annual Conference, November 13-15, 2017 in Arlington, VA. Registration and sponsorship information can be found here.

    About National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions

    The National Alliance is a nonprofit network of business coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans. The National Alliance is dedicated to driving innovation, health, and value along with its coalition members through the collective action of public and private purchasers. The organization seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality healthcare and the improved health status of the American population. To learn more, visit nationalalliancehealth.org or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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    National Alliance Releases New Vision to Improve Value in Specialty Drug Marketplace

    Private sector must align around Five Rights to support consumers and purchasers in controlling costs and improving outcomes

    WASHINGTON – March 29, 2017 – To drive collaboration to control cost, reduce waste and maximize effectiveness of specialty drugs, the non-profit National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) has developed stakeholder guidelines and an engagement framework.

     

    The Five Rights framework targets critical issues and opportunities for specialty stakeholders including manufacturers, providers, health plans, and pharmacy benefit managers. The framework outlines key areas for each stakeholder to improve and was developed to raise purchaser expectations for industry stakeholders to help them better understand, evaluate and improve the specialty drug marketplace.

    “Specialty drugs are the fastest growing area of spend for employers today,” said Mike Thompson, National Alliance president and CEO. “While these new drugs are truly innovative and important, the specialty drug marketplace itself is dysfunctional with high cost, high variation and high waste. We need to collaborate with stakeholders to wring out the costs of poor quality and unwarranted cost, complexity and conflicts.”

    The framework was developed as a collaborative effort of the National Alliance and several purchaser-led member coalitions including the Minnesota Health Action Group, Midwest Business Group on Health and the Florida Health Care Coalition. The information is being shared with purchaser coalitions across the country.

    “After two years of intensive study, Action Group members developed this framework to offer a common ground for all stakeholders,” said Carolyn Pare, president and CEO for the Minnesota Health Action Group, developer of the initial Five Rights. “Offering a road map for the Right Drug, Right Price, Right Place, Right Support and Right Data, this framework provides insights for each stakeholder to do their part to deliver on that promise.”

    Cheryl Larson, vice president for the Midwest Business Group on Health, a coalition that developed and is leading a national employer specialty drug initiative added, “Vendor contracting should be based on full transparency and accountability to eliminate waste, reduce the impact of middlemen, mitigate costs and lead to overall improved plan performance and member health. We’ve established these rules of engagement to assist employers in raising the bar.”

    Highlights of The Five Rights framework includes:
    • Base practices and decisions on clinical efficacy and safety independent of conflicted interests.
    • Cover testing that supports improved assessment of correct drug, dose, and duration of treatment for specific patient.
    • Require purchaser transparency and engagement on key issues and National Drug Codes used by all providers, in all settings.
    • Align value based contracting with performance and adherence to high value drugs with correct dose and duration consistent with guidelines.
    • Require cost parity or benefits differentials across sites of care for same drugs and services.
    • Support patients on drug administration and needed emotional and social support to increase adherence and improve outcomes.
    • Discontinue consumer coupon programs that encourage use of low-value, high-cost drugs in place of therapeutically equivalent.

    “As purchasers and purchaser coalitions, we play a critical role to help rationalize the specialty drug marketplace,” said Karen van Caulil, president and CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition and National Alliance board chair. “When we act together and are open to disruptive innovation, we can change the system for the better.”

    Additional details can be found on the National Alliance website.

    About National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions The National Alliance is a nonprofit network of business health coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans. The National Alliance through its coalitions are dedicated to driving innovation, health, and value through the collective action of public and private purchasers. The organization seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality healthcare and the improved health status of the American population. To learn more, visit nationalalliancehealth.org or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.



     

     



    National Alliance Releases Health Policy Recommendations from Purchasers


    WASHINGTON – Feb. 14, 2017
    – Don’t repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without specifying what will replace it. This is among the policy recommendations issued by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance), a nonprofit, membership association of employer led coalitions across the country serving 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans.

    “Employers have been the backbone of the American healthcare system and as one of the largest purchasers of healthcare they have much to lose and are anxious to help shape a sustainable path forward,” said Mike Thompson, National Alliance president and CEO. “We’ve developed these recommendations with our board, coalitions and their members.”

    Additional recommendations include:
    • ·Preserve employer-sponsored coverage by refraining from capping the individual tax exclusion for premiums and continue to allow businesses to fully deduct the costs. ·
    • Avoid increasing the number of uninsured individuals, as the cost of their inevitable medical care will get shifted to those who do pay the bills. ·
    • Continue to move away from fee-for-service (or “volume-based reimbursement”) toward alternative payment models that reward providers for good outcomes and high quality, not medical errors, unnecessary procedures and other low value care. Preserve the ability of the federal government to partner in these efforts (Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation and other value-promoting elements of the ACA, and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015). ·
    • Expand assistance to states, regions, and local communities promoting transparency by pushing hospitals and medical groups to report on the quality of care they provide. ·
    • Support comparative effectiveness research. Employer-purchasers need to know which new or higher cost therapies result in outcomes that are significantly better, somewhat better, about the same, or worse than current or less costly options.
    • Allow employer-purchasers maximum flexibility in experimenting with benefit designs.
      • Flexibility around waiving co-pays and deductibles particularly under high deductible health plans (i.e. preventive services, chronic care support, on-site clinic services)
      • Permit premium differentials and other incentives for non-smokers, healthy behaviors and outcomes, as well as wellness program participation
      • High performance networks to encourage use of high-quality, lower cost providers
      • Protect against “surprise” bills


    A Purchaser Viewpoint on Health Policy in Transit is the result of a collaboration of the National Alliance’s Government Affairs Affinity Group led by members including the Louisiana Business Group on Health, Midwest Business Group on Health, Minnesota Health Action Group, Pacific Business Group on Health, and Wyoming Business Coalition on Health.

    About National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions
    The National Alliance is a nonprofit network of business health coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans. The National Alliance through its coalitions are dedicated to driving innovation, health and value through the collective action of public and private purchasers. The organization seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality healthcare and the improved health status of the American population. To learn more, visit nationalalliancehealth.org or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.

     

     



    Survey Finds Advanced Analytics Are Important Healthcare Decision Making Tool for Employers, Information Gap Exists Between Users and Non-Users

    Poll conducted by National Alliance examined employers’ knowledge of analytics to inform quality and cost decisions


    WASHINGTON – Oct. 12, 2016 – To gain an understanding of employers’ views on managing health and benefits data, the non-profit National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions* (National Alliance) conducted a survey of healthcare purchasers. Commissioned by Geneia LLC, the poll found 97 percent of HR practitioners agree “now more than ever it’s essential to have tools to effectively evaluate data and make informed decisions.” Most respondents (87 percent) say they are familiar with advanced analytics, but current users have a stronger understanding of how this kind of tool helps aggregate data, control spending, and manage health and wellness programs..

    “Many employers struggle with massive amounts of data and lack the ability to quickly and easily make informed decisions that shape their benefits programs,” said Mike Thompson, National Alliance president and CEO. “And it’s only getting worse as it’s estimated by 2020 we will have 50 times the amount of data that was available in 2011. Gauging the knowledge and interest level of employers enables the National Alliance and its members to make available programs and tools to help purchasers overcome this challenge.”

    Additional finds include:
    • 95 percent of respondent are interested in having access to the information that advanced analytics can provide
    • 90 percent of respondents said that near-real-time data is imperative to realizing costs savings
    • 94 percent agree that "healthcare analytics can help me evaluate which wellness programs would be most effective to offer to my employees"
    • 83 percent agree that using advanced analytics to understand how your employees use healthcare services, who your high-risk employees are and how to intervene effectively is the only way to lower costs and improve financial results
    • When asked about what data and reports would be helpful, the top three responses were data on the number of employees regularly visiting the emergency department but who have not seen their primary care doctor in the last year; timely data on percentage of pre-diabetic employees who have not seen their primary care doctor in the last year; and an evaluation of their company's healthcare spend against similarly sized companies in their industry or region
    • Of respondents who were not currently using advanced analytics tools, the perceived barriers to use were cost (38 percent), insufficient internal resources (31 percent) and needs already supported by health plan or broker (54 percent).

    “Healthcare costs are still growing faster than inflation and are expected to increase 6.5 percent through next year, leaving employers, health plans and consumers struggling to find ways to contain costs without sacrificing quality and benefit design,” said Heather Lavoie, Geneia’s chief strategy officer. “At Geneia, we know that the insight gained through advanced analytic tools offers employers the very real possibility of lowering costs while retaining competitive employee benefit programs. In just 20 minutes on our Theon® platform, one Fortune 500 client identified more than $500,000 in medical cost savings along with actionable information to address these cost drivers and improve employee health.”

    The online survey of human resource and benefits administrators was conducted in August and September 2016. Of the responses received, 89 percent of employers said they were self-funded, 69 percent work for companies that employ more than 1,000 and 60 percent said they are not current users of advanced analytic tools. Regionally, 50 percent of respondents were from the South, 26 percent were from the Northeast, 15 percent were from the West and 9 percent were from the Midwest. Additional details on the survey can be found here.


    About Geneia Geneia specializes in the development of advanced clinical, analytics, and technical solutions for healthcare transformation. Its team of physicians, nurses, technologists, analytics experts, and business professionals have created a suite of solutions that enable health plans, hospitals and employers to better understand, evaluate and manage the health of their populations. Using its advanced analytics platform, remote patient monitoring tool, and education and research institute, Geneia works with healthcare organizations to improve outcomes, lower costs and restore the Joy of Medicine. The company has offices in Harrisburg, PA, Manchester, NH, and Nashville, TN. To learn more, visit geneia.com or connect with us Twitter and LinkedIn.

    About National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions The National Alliance is a nonprofit network of business health coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans. Its members are dedicated to driving innovation, health and value through the collective action of public and private purchasers. The organization seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality healthcare and the improved health status of the American population. To learn more, visit nationalalliancehealth.org or connect with us on Twitter.



    National Business Coalition on Health Elects New Board Leadership


    WASHINGTON – August 5, 2016 – The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), a non-profit organization of business health coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans, announced its slate of new officers for the Board of Governors. Officers are elected by their board peers based on proven leadership and commitment to NBCH, as well as their efforts to advance and strengthen value-based purchasing strategies.

    “Improving the quality and cost of care and ultimately health and well-being in our country requires the collective action of coalitions and employers,” said Mike Thompson, NBCH President and CEO. “Each of our member coalitions is doing extraordinary things in their local markets and the combined strength of these efforts through their work with NBCH plays a critical role in improving our health care system. This board of coalition leaders is instrumental in shaping our national efforts.”

    At-Large Representatives newly elected to the NBCH Board of Governors include:

    • Lisa Ellington, CEO, South Carolina Business Coalition on Health
    • Troy Ross, President & CEO, Mid-America Coalition on Health Care
    • Chris Skisak, Executive Director, Houston Business Coalition on Health

    Elected executive committee and members continuing their board terms include:

    • Chair, Karen van Caulil, President and CEO, Florida Health Care Coalition
    • Vice Chair, Gaye Fortner, CEO, HealthCare 21 Business Coalition
    • Secretary-Treasurer, Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO, Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
    • Representative, Larry Boress, President & CEO, Midwest Business Group on Health
    • Representative, Jessica Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health
    • Representative, Beverly Helkey, Executive Director, Tri-State Health Care Coalition
    • Representative, Anne Ladd, CEO, Wyoming Business Coalition on Health (elected to a second term)
    • Representative, Laurel Pickering, President and CEO, Northeast Business Group on Health
    • Representative, Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO, Memphis Business Group on Health


    About the National Business Coalition on Health
    NBCH is a national nonprofit alliance of business health coalitions, representing more than 12,000 purchasers and 41 million Americans. NBCH and its members are dedicated to leading improvements in, health, well-being and value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. The organization seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality health care and the improved health status of the American population. www.nbch.org

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    Event offers purchasers and key stakeholders practical solutions to improve health and health care.


    NBCH Employer Health Conference Kicks Off - Sept. 26-28 in Orlando

    Event offers purchasers and key stakeholders practical solutions to improve health and health care

    WASHINGTON and ORLANDO – June 20, 2016 – Hundreds of employers, business and health coalitions, health plans, providers and other stakeholders will gather to learn best practices to improve our nation’s health and health care system at the National Business Coalition on Health’s (NBCH) 21st Annual Conference. The event will be held September 26-28, 2016 at the Hilton Orlando in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

    “Our member coalitions and their employers are working collectively to improve health, well-being and value to set the stage for the next decade in our companies, our communities and our country,” said Mike Thompson, NBCH President and CEO. “Our annual conference will reflect this renewed focus and shine a spotlight on the best employer and coalition efforts to collectively act as a national force to bring about meaningful change.”

    Conference topics include:

    • National and Local Initiatives to Promote High Value Care
    • The Employers Role in Promoting Community-based Population Health
    • Accelerating the Performance of Health Plans and their Stakeholders
    • Delivering Advanced Primary Care
    • The Purchaser Value Network and Direct Contracting Strategies
    • The Mental Health System We Need
    • Appropriate Obesity Treatment through Value-based Benefit Designs
    • Employer Initiatives on Managing Cancer in the Workplace
    • Employer Role in Specialty Pharmacy Management
    • Navigating and Leveraging the Political and Regulatory Landscape
    • Launching Next Generation Opportunities in Well-being

    Speakers include:

    • Dr. Christine Hunter, Chief Medical Officer, United States Office of
    • Personnel Management
    • Allison Kalban-Gernett, Vice President, Benefits, LVMH - Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
    • Patrick J. Kennedy, former United States Representative
    • Kathryn Spangler, Senior Vice President, Health Policy, American Benefits Council
    • Dr. Rishi Manchanda, President and Founder of HealthBegins, Author, The Upstream Doctors and Chief Medical Officer, The Wonderful Company
    • Michelle Zamperetti, Manager of Community Health Programs, GE Ventures and Health

    Registration is complimentary for all employers affiliated with an NBCH member coalition. For additional details and to register for the conference, visit NBCH’s website: http://www.nbch.org/2016-annual-conference.

    About the National Business Coaltion on Health
    National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose members are purchaser-led health care coalitions, representing more than 7,000 employers, unions and local governments, and approximately 35 million employees and dependents across the United States. NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. NBCH seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality health care and the improved health status of the American population. Follow on Twitter: @NBCH.

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    Employee Benefits, Health Care Thought Leader and Strategist Michael Thompson Named National Business Coalition on Health CEO

    PwC exec will lead efforts to convene business community to transform health care performance and health

    WASHINGTON – February 29, 2016 – Michael Thompson, a principal for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), has been offered and accepted the position of President and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH). NBCH is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose members are local, regional and state-wide purchaser-led coalitions focused on health care and benefits. Through its 51 coalition members, NBCH reaches over 7,000 employers and approximately 35 million employees and their dependents in communities across the US.

    "NBCH, together with our affiliated coalitions, is uniquely positioned to empower employers and their stakeholders to achieve better health, well-being and value in our companies, our communities, and our country,” said Thompson. “Coalitions play a critical role as corporate benefit staff have limited resources, greater compliance burdens and higher performance and financial expectations. Collective and collaborative efforts are required to develop and execute strategies in this rapidly changing environment. I look forward to leading the charge for NBCH and its members as our business coalitions, collectively, act as a national force to bring about meaningful change.”

    Karen van Caulil, NBCH Board Chair and President and CEO, Florida Health Care Coalition, commented, “Mike brings us more than 30 years of diverse and relevant experience and a clear passion and reputation for thought leadership, collaboration and making an impact. He has the ideal skill set and relationships with business and other key stakeholders to lead NBCH in this rapidly changing business environment. We look forward to working with him to build and leverage the collective strength of our member coalitions.”

    At PwC for the past 20 years, Thompson is a national thought leader for business health strategies and health system reform. He has worked with major employers and other stakeholders on sustainable cost reduction, integrated health, wellness and consumerism, retiree health, private health exchanges and health reform. Known for developing and promoting collaborative cross-sector health industry initiatives, Mike participated on the steering board of the World Economic Forum’s “Working towards Wellness” initiative and co-founded the Private Exchange Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC). Prior to joining PwC, Mike served as an executive with diverse roles with Prudential Healthcare for over 17 years.

    Mike is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, serving on the Health Practice Council, and chairs the Medicare Sub-Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA). He is also widely recognized as a leading national advocate for mental health and well-being and was Past President of the New York City chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Mike has also been an active member of the board of the Northeast Business Group on Health for the past 11 years.

    About the National Business Coalition on Health
    National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose members are purchaser-led health care coalitions, representing more than 7,000 employers, unions and local governments, and approximately 35 million employees and dependents across the United States. NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. NBCH seeks to accelerate the nation’s progress toward safe, efficient, high-quality health care and the improved health status of the American population. Follow on Twitter: @NBCH.

    NBCH will host its 21st Annual Conference, Sept. 26-28, 2016 in Orlando.


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