Issue 10, October 21, 2021
America faces daunting and complex healthcare challenges that include and go beyond the current pandemic. In myriad ways, innovative healthcare companies are developing solutions to improve access to care, battle disease, strengthen population health, and meet the needs of underserved communities. This newsletter will offer examples of Healthcare Leadership Council members answering the call.
The Progression of Value-Based Care
October 27, 2021
2:00 p.m. ET
Leaders will discuss strategies for utilizing value-based care in their respective environments along with the accompanying risks and benefits. They will focus on the role innovation plays in achieving improved health outcomes and reduced costs.
Fairview Health Services
Carrie Nelson, M.D.
System Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Health Outcomes and Population Health
Advocate Aurora Health
Health Economics Outcomes Research
Senior Vice President
IntrinsiQ Analytics, Specialty Physician Services
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Launches Innovative, Value-Based Cancer Care Initiative
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, a Healthcare Leadership Council member, has joined with Tennessee Oncology, one of the nation's most comprehensive community oncology practices, to launch an innovative, value-based cancer care program that will improve treatment coordination for thousands of Tennesseans.
Under this program, BlueCross members will be supported at all phases of the cancer journey from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up and providers will have financial incentives tied to how well care is coordinated and documented. This initiative will ensure best practices are followed in care planning and treatment, analyze treatment data to make certain care guidelines are met, and provide patient-centered care throughout the process.
Dr. Andrea Willis, senior vice president and chief clinical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, said, "This program supports our members' peace of mind by enabling access to the highest-quality, patient-centered care for their condition."
SSM Health Advances Technological Initiatives to Make Quality Care More Accessible, Affordable
SSM Health, a not-for-profit health system with hospitals in four midwestern states, is collaborating with healthcare technology provider Optum to make quality care more accessible and affordable, addressing the complex social and economic factors affecting health to improve the overall well-being of individuals and communities.
SSM Health, a Healthcare Leadership Council member, and Optum will, among other actions, use clinical technologies and advanced analytic tools to reduce care variation and develop an inpatient care model that improves patient outcomes, implement best-in-class technologies to innovate and streamline the billing process for patients and providers, and design a seamless digital experience that spans the patient journey and simplifies patient access to the care and services they need. As part of this initiative, SSM Health and United Health Group will jointly invest in community health programs to ensure that disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals have access to quality healthcare.
Laura S. Kaiser, FAHCE, president and CEO of SSM Health said, "Creating a new ecosystem of care requires bringing together the best and brightest to collaborate for the common good. We are excited to partner with them (United Health Group and Optum) to achieve our vision of transforming healthcare in America and address the health equity gap for the most vulnerable in society."