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6/26/2014

The Value of Integrated Strategies

The goal of value-based insurance design is to get more out of the healthcare dollar by removing barriers to primary care and increasing the effectiveness of coordinated care. It is a value purchasing strategy, not simply a low-cost purchasing strategy. The patient-centered medical home is certainly an initial step in this process, but just as important is value-based insurance design that aligns outcomes-driven, evidence-based care with financial incentives. Value-based

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6/17/2014

Innovative Joint Venture and Other Collaborative Models for Health Services

Jim McCoy, WayPoint Managing Director, participated in a panel discussion on Innovative Joint Venture and Other Collaborative Models for Health Services at May’s Healthcare Dealmakers Conference in Dallas. The panel explored what providers are doing, their motivations and relevant options when moving into this new territory. Following are some of Jim’s key takeaways: New or emerging physician-led clinical process improvement initiatives must be merged and aligned with the traditional

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4/15/2014

3 ACO Stories

We’ve recently helped three clients with ACO readiness assessment, design and implementation. Read more

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4/15/2014

Patient Engagement and the ACO

Getting patients to actively participate in their health is key to the ACO’s success. Yet patient engagement is difficult as the conventional American thinking of “doctor knows best” has created an environment where the patient is a passive participant. Health benefit plan purchasers in particular are skeptical, and sometimes confused, about the ACO’s ability to engage, educate and motivate members to achieve compliance with disease management and wellness programs. This points to a need to redefine what

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4/15/2014

Wellness and Disease Management Programs’ Impact on the ACO

It’s estimated that the number of ACOs will double by the end of 2014, according to a recent Premier Inc. report. Clearly, proactive wellness and disease management programs are vital to patient engagement in the ACO. A recent study by RAND Corporation researchers sheds some light on the ROI of these program’s efforts: chronic disease management returns $3.78 for every dollar invested and wellness/lifestyle programs return $0.48 for every

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4/15/2014

Texas has more independent physicians than national average

Texas physicians tend to maintain independent practices despite the trends of the rest of the nation towards hospital, clinic or large group practices. Steve Jacob of D Healthcare Daily recently authored an article about Texas’ independent physicians. Read more

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3/27/2014

Aetna snags massive public benefits deal

Aetna has won a huge state contract in Texas, pulling away 415,000 lives from Blue Cross Blue Shield and with them several billion dollars in revenue. The Teachers Retirement System of Texas selected Aetna to administer its Active Care health for some 415,000 current public school teachers and their dependents. Aetna estimates that the contract will be the largest membership sale in its history. Between the new deal and

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3/26/2014

PCMH shows benefits for highest-risk members

With a new study of Independence Blue Cross members, evidence on the effectiveness of the patient-centered medical home is swinging back towards the positive.Of 700 IBC members with multiple chronic conditions treated in patient-centered medical home practices, those with the highest-risk had “significantly reduced costs and utilization” compared to those with analogous health problems treated in regular practices, a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care found.Those

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3/26/2014

March Kaiser Health Tracking Poll Finds Gap Narrowing Between Unfavorable and Favorable Views of the Affordable Care Act Among the Public and the Uninsured

Most of the Uninsured Unaware of March 31 Deadline To Get Coverage; Half Plan to Remain Uninsured More Want Congress to Improve the Law Than Replace It As the Affordable Care Act’s first open enrollment period nears an end, the gap between favorable and unfavorable views of the law has narrowed among both the general public and the uninsured, the latest Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds. In March, 46

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3/21/2014

WayPoint Healthcare Advisors Expands Consulting Team

WayPoint is pleased to announce three new partnerships with subject matter experts to expand consulting services to clients. WayPoint has teamed with Chip Anderson, Paula Brocklesby, and Blake Murray, who bring more than 40 years of healthcare experience to WayPoint Healthcare Advisors. Anderson is contributing more than 18 years of proven experience in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. His current efforts are concentrated on strategic planning for physician practices.

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