WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 Today, the non-profitNational Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), released the "eValue8(TM)Cornerstone Report: Measuring the Success of America's Health Plans." This isthe first comparison of the performance of America's health plans benchmarkedagainst the Four Cornerstones of Value-Driven Health Care. Released on the eveof the first anniversary of President Bush's Executive Order to promotefederally-led efforts to implement more transparent and high-quality healthcare, the baseline report is publicly available and can be accessed at:http://www.nbch.org/eValue8/news/cornerstonereport.pdf.
In 2006, a consortium of U.S. business groups, along with the federalgovernment, agreed to urge the nation's public and private health carepurchasers to promote transparency and the adoption of information technologyby implementing Four Cornerstone actions: 1) to collect and disseminatequality information on physicians and hospitals; 2) to collect and disseminateinformation on price; 3) to offer incentives to providers to improve theircare and offer consumers incentives to stay healthy and make cost-effectivechoices; and 4) to use and encourage physicians and hospitals to adopt andutilize health information standards and systems that communicate betweenproviders.
"As we work toward the goal of providing all Americans with easy-to-useinformation on health care quality and costs to make informed decisions,health plans play a critical role in providing this information to consumers,"said Mike Leavitt, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). "HHS applaudsNBCH's leadership in working with coalitions and employers to report howAmerica's health plans are performing around the Four Cornerstones of Value-Driven Health Care."
NBCH's eValue8 program is the nation's leading standardized request forinformation (RFI) tool that employers and coalitions use to gather health caredata from nearly 200 health plans and health insurers. Over 100 millionAmericans, or one in every three Americans, are members of health plans thatrespond to the eValue8 RFI. Given the critical role that health plans play infostering quality, NBCH member coalitions and employers ask health plans tocomplete the eValue8 RFI annually. The data allows employers to select thebest plans and work with them to raise the level of health for plan members aswell as the entire community.
The eValue8 Cornerstone Report analyzes and compares health plan responsesto 19 questions called for by HHS in the Employer Toolkit for Value-DrivenHealth Care (http://www.hhs.gov/valuedriven/) and now embedded in the eValue8common RFI. These questions determine the plans' ability to meet purchasers'expectations on promoting transparency, care improvement and informationtechnology. The complete 2007 eValue8 analysis of health plan performance onthe full set of seven clinical and administrative areas will be availablelater this year.
"The data and dialogue that result from eValue8 is invaluable to employersin setting performance expectations of their plans and measuring and rewardinghigh quality health care," said Andrew Webber, president and CEO of theNational Business Coalition on Health. "By providing a snapshot of eValue8 asit relates to the Four Cornerstones, we are moving forward the value-drivenhealth care agenda and providing a baseline to improve health care quality andcost."
Cornerstone Report findings
NBCH has found that health plans have made progress toward the FourCornerstone goals in many respects, but there is wide variation in planperformance leaving significant room for improvement.
Promoting and using health information technology (HIT) andinteroperability
eValue8 promotes collaboration between plans
In order for information on physicians to be statistically valid, suchreporting requires more patients than a typical plan c