February 6th, 2015

HCI3 announces partners for value-based payments initiatives …

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January 29, 2014. To expedite payment reform across the U.S., the non-profit Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3) has partnered with key stakeholders, including HealthQx, to support the transformation to a health care system based on quality and affordability. HCI3 partners include health plans, providers and purchasers who are actively working toward payment reform implementations, and technology and consulting firms offering services to support these efforts. Read HCI3 press release.

“We won’t see meaningful change in how we pay for health care as a nation without the involvement of many, including health plans and other payers implementing innovative approaches to provider payment and member benefits,” said Francois de Brantes, HCI3 executive director. “Stakeholders offering services to support those implementations are also critical in creating a payment ‘eco-system’ where reform efforts will succeed. This work can impact 85% of the U.S. population, whereas the Medicare initiatives that have recently been in the spotlight are geared towards only Medicare beneficiaries.”

HCI3 efforts are focused on bringing economic incentives in line with the medical profession’s strong desire to improve patient health through its PROMETHEUS Payment® and Bridges to Excellence® models, and certifying commercial adaptations of its ECR Analytics® software. HCI3’s ECR Analytics is a state of the art episode of care analysis software application that helps payers and providers better understand the cost and quality of care and identify direct opportunities to increase health care value.

“Through the use of ECR Analytics, we continue to evolve our collaborative care efforts to bring value to clients, customers, and health care professionals in pursuing improved outcomes, greater customer satisfaction and cost efficiencies,” said Lynn Garbee, operations senior director, Cigna. “The application of PROMETHEUS and ECR Analytics allows our organization to take a more comprehensive view of episodes of care and to create an environment that fosters engagement across the entire care continuum. The use of such payment models will not only support meeting the needs of our partners, but will allow Cigna to advance payment reform in a rapidly evolving health care environment.”

About Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute™, Inc.
The Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, Inc. (HCI3) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and affordability of health care through evidence-based incentive and payment reform programs. It is the umbrella organization for Bridges to Excellence® and PROMETHEUS Payment®, as well the creator of Evidence-informed Case Rates (ECRs) (episode of care definitions) and ECR Analytics®. With these programs, HCI3 offers a comprehensive package of solutions for employers, health plans and providers to implement innovative solutions that can cure the incentives problems that plague the U.S. health care system.


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