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Employer coalitions pilot value-based insurance design


WASHINGTON—Five members of the National Business Coalition on Health have been selected to participate in pilot project designed to help employers implement value-based insurance designs.

The American Health Strategy Project will assist employers in the participating coalitions in introducing employee health benefit offerings and incentives that aim to better align health promotion and prevention strategies with medical and pharmaceutical plans, as well as disability and workers compensation benefits.

Participating coalitions are the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health, Midwest Business Group on Health, Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers, Pittsburgh Business Group on Health and Virginia Business Coalition on Health.

The American Health Strategy Project, launched in cooperation with pharmaceutical maker Pfizer Inc., is an expansion of the Kansas City Collaborative, which the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care initiated in 2008. That initiative, which involved 16 regional and national employers, identified benefit design strategies that offer high value, promote employee wellness and prevention, manage long-term health care costs, and improve the health of employees and their families.

“As health care costs continue to rise, more employers are recognizing the value of tailoring benefits to the health risks within their employee populations,” Andrew Webber, president and CEO of the Washington-based National Business Coalition on Health, said in a Monday statement. “Employers often lack the tools and models needed to collect and interpret data across a broad range of activities to make better and more informed health benefit decisions for their work force, and we hope to help overcome those barriers with this project.”