National Business Coalition on Health Names Top Performing Health Plans

   National Business Coalition on Health Names Top Performing Health Plans

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2013

eValue8™ annual health plan survey and evaluation encourages transparency and
accountability; promotes quality improvement

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Cigna Connecticut PPO and
Kaiser Northern California HMO were named the top performingPPO and HMO
health plans according to the 2013 eValue8™ results released by the non-profit
National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH). A critical element of
purchasers' value-based purchasing strategy, eValue8 is an annual health care
accountability and quality improvement assessment used by employers and
coalitions to manage the quality and efficiency of America's health plans.


"The information collected each year through eValue8 allows us to easily track
health plan's strategies and actual outcomes, regardless of whether or not
they are a current partner of ours," said Mary Bradley, Director of Health
Care Planning, Pitney Bowes Inc. "By identifying a best in class supplier, it
helps all employers hold their plans accountable for continuous improvement
towards that goal."

2013 benchmark plans

Plans who achieved the best performance (benchmark) among all insurers
responding for specific modules include:

  oConsumer Engagement (how plans help members become better consumers) –
    Cigna Colorado HMO and PPO
  oPrevention and Health Promotion (how plans help members be healthy, e.g.
    cancer screenings, tobacco cessation and weight management programs) –
    Cigna Connecticut PPO and Kaiser Colorado HMO
  oChronic Disease Management (member identification and interventions and
    physician support for cardiovascular disease and diabetes) – Blue Cross
    Blue Shield of Massachusetts PPO and Kaiser Northern and Southern
    California HMO
  oBehavioral Health Management (member identification and interventions and
    physician support for depression and alcohol misuse) – Cigna Connecticut
    PPO and Kaiser Northern California HMO
  oProvider Management (payment innovation, quality measurement and
    transparency) – Cigna California PPO and Cigna Colorado HMO
  oPharmaceutical Management (ensure appropriate use and adherence, address
    misuse for pharmaceuticals including specialty pharmaceuticals) – Blue
    Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts PPO and HMO
  oPlan Profile (overall business practices such as accreditation, use of
    resources, addressing cultural makeup of membership) – Cigna California
    PPO and HealthNet California HMO

Additional details on the 2013 results and other top ranking plans can be
found on NBCH's eValue8 website. Participating NBCH member coalitions included
the Colorado Business Group on Health, Memphis Business Group on Health,
Northeast Business Group on Health, Pacific Business Group on Health and the
Virginia Business Coalition on Health.

Plans that participate in eValue8 open themselves up to rigorous scrutiny,"
said Emma Hoo, Director, Pacific Business Group on Health. "We see how they
work, where they're doing well, and where there are opportunities for
improvement. It lets our purchasers know they're willing to be transparent and
collaborative partners."

2014 survey release

The 2014 eValue8 survey will be available for health plans to complete in late
November. To keep current with purchaser needs, the survey will include
additional questions around cultural disparities, accountable care
organizations and transparency tools.

eValue8 advances value-based purchasing

A demand-side strategy used by employers, value-based purchasing involves
coalitions, employer purchasers, public sector purchasers, health plans and
individual consumers in measuring, reporting and rewarding excellence in
health care delivery. Value-based purchasing requires proactive
decision-making that takes into consideration access, price, quality,
efficiency, transparency, reporting and alignment of incentives, much of this
content is requested in eValue8. The overarching goal is a health care system
built on value, with a clear return for every dollar spent.

About eValue8

An annual health care purchasing and quality improvement assessment process,
eValue8 was created by business coalitions and employers like Marriott and
General Motors to measure and evaluate health plan performance. eValue8 asks
health plans questions about how they manage critical processes that control
costs, reduce and eliminate waste, ensure patient safety, close gaps in care
and improve health and health care.

Plans provide detail on how they educate, engage and incent consumers to
promote health and manage disease, as well as measure and pay providers. Plans
and purchasers receive objective scores enabling comparison of plans against
regional and national benchmarks and a roadmap for improvement. As a result of
face-to-face discussion of findings and roadmap, plans learn what they need to
do to align their strategies with purchaser expectations to maximize the value
of the health care investment and ultimately, improve health and quality of

NBCH believes that local business coalitions are key in facilitating
multi-stakeholder collaborations at the community level to educate consumers,
and improve quality and efficiency of the health delivery system. Purchasers
interested in having their plans report performance in a variety of health
services can contact NBCH or their local business coalition.

About the National Business Coalition on Health

NBCH is a national, non-profit, membership organization of purchaser-led
business and health coalitions, representing over 7,000 employers and 25
million employees and their 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. For additional
information visit:

NBCH's 18^th Annual Conference will be held November 18-20, 2013 at the Westin
Kierland in Scottsdale, AZ. Additional details and registration information
can be found at

SOURCE National Business Coalition on Health

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