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In New York State, Employers Launch Quality Consortium

MANAGED CARE August 1998. © MediMedia USA
State Initiatives

In New York State, Employers Launch Quality Consortium

MANAGED CARE August 1998. ©1998 Stezzi Communications

An employers' coalition and health quality company have jointly created the New York State Health Accountability Foundation, a not-for-profit consortium of health purchasers. The New York Business Group on Health and IPRO launched the foundation with $250,000 in seed money from the New York Legislature. IPRO is a health care quality consultancy that has its roots as a peer review organization.

The foundation will promote competition and consumer choice, and provide employers with information on health plan quality, access and satisfaction. It will offer member companies evaluation and quality improvement services, including customized performance reports comparing strengths and weaknesses of individual health plans. Evaluations will be based on the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS).

Members can also obtain standardized reports that measure employee satisfaction with a health plan's quality and accessibility. Satisfaction reports will be compiled and weighted to allow accurate comparisons among plans. The foundation also plans to conduct clinical improvement studies to assess and ultimately improve the quality of treatment that health plans provide for specified diseases.

Among the organizations represented on the foundation's employer steering committee are IBM, Citibank, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Bell Atlantic and TIAA-CREF, the largest pension fund in the world.

Meetings

4th Partnering With ACOs Summit Los Angeles, CA October 27–28, 2014
PCMH & Shared Savings ACO Leadership Summit Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
2014 Annual HEDIS® and Star Ratings Symposium Nashville, TN November 3–4, 2014
Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015