Employers want plans to get in front of diabetes wave
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --The non-profit National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) released its annual report on the performance of America's health plans on improving care and controlling costs for diabetes. Based on the annual eValue8 health plan survey and evaluation
"Employers are faced with growing numbers of employees with diabetes and continually rising obesity rates will only make this worse," said Andrew Webber, NBCH president and CEO. "While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes important delivery system reforms, employers still have a direct hand in affecting health outcomes by selecting health plans and making choices about the value of their plan offerings. Using information from eValue8, purchasers are holding their plans accountable to close quality of care gaps, engage their members and focus on preventing costly chronic conditions such as diabetes."
The eValue8 Employer Report on 2010 Health Plan Diabetes Care Performance is available on NBCH's website. The information outlines the landscape of diabetes for employers including the importance of treatment goals and the approaches plans are using to prevent the disease and improve its care, as well as eValue8 health plan performance trends. The report was developed with support from sanofi-aventis.
eValue8 report findings
An annual health care purchasing and quality improvement assessment survey and process, eValue8 was developed by NBCH to help purchasers understand the value of their health and health care decisions. eValue8 asks health plans from across the U.S. to submit information on areas such as how doctors are paid, gaps in care, consumer engagement, price transparency and administrative efficiency across hundreds of measures of quality and performance. This enables purchasers (such as public and private employers and union trusts) to compare plans in their region and against national benchmarks and effect change by partnering with their plans to improve treatment of costly chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease.
About the National Business Coalition on Health
NBCH is a national, non-profit, membership organization of 53 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: www.nbch.org.
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SOURCE National Business Coalition on Health
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