Center for Health Value Innovation to Aid Employer-Sponsored Benefit Designs to Support Battle Creek, Michigan Healthcare Initiatives.ST. LOUIS & BATTLE CREEK Battle Creek, city (1990 pop. 53,540), Calhoun co., S Mich., at the confluence of the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek rivers; settled 1831, inc. as a city 1859. It is an agricultural trade center known for its cereals. , Mich. -- The Center for Health Value Information (www.vbhealth.org), the nation's premier organization dedicated to establishing value and producing evidence for sustainable health and financial improvement, lauds Lauds is one of the two "major hours" in the Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Hours. It is to be recited in the early morning hours, preferably near dawn. Structure of the hour the area healthcare initiative and ongoing collaboration in Battle Creek, Mich., which brings together consumers, employers, health plans, and physicians to improve clinical outcomes and the health of the community while reducing healthcare costs. In order to keep the city's positive momentum going, the Center will partner with Battle Creek stakeholders Stakeholders
All parties that have an interest, financial or otherwise, in a firm-stockholders, creditors, bondholders, employees, customers, management, the community, and the government. to bring a value-based framework from which the employer/employee relationship can strengthen the Battle Creek initiative's already-successful medical home model.
Cyndy Nayer, president of The Center for Health Value Innovation, explains: "The Center's blueprint blueprint, white-on-blue photographic print, commonly of a working drawing used during building or manufacturing. The plan is first drawn to scale on a special paper or tracing cloth through which light can penetrate. for value-based design calls for removal of access barriers and lowering of co-insurance on certain services and sharing of incentives and rewards. The Center's model, overlays the community's patient-centered collaborative medical home model. The innovative work underway in Battle Creek provides a model for communities nationwide and will serve as solid evidence of financial and healthcare improvements for incentive-based design."
The 2006 patient-centered primary care model in Battle Creek, Pathways to Health, provided a central, focused effort on chronic disease management by considering the patient, the primary condition (such as diabetes), and the co-morbid conditions (such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol Cholesterol, High Definition
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in animal tissue and is an important component to the human body. It is manufactured in the liver and carried throughout the body in the bloodstream. ), while managing the total patient for improved outcomes. The collaborative was and continues to stay focused on creating and supporting the team approach for improving the care process at the physician office level.
Working by consensus, multiple stakeholders in Battle Creek have formed consumer and employer advisory councils, asking each participating group to understand its part in the healthcare process in order to eliminate barriers to care.
The Center's value-based design input will identify emerging and modifiable risks in order to remove access barriers and teach the multiple stakeholders how to lower all risks. Once identified, those patients who do not get early screenings, preventive or ongoing care for their conditions, or who do not fill prescriptions correctly or get their labs on time, will receive focused incentives such as some or all of the following:
* reduced co-pays for labs/exams and treatment
* tailored Web or telephone messages
* diabetes education
* nutrition counseling
"Basically, we're going to offer choices to help people change," Nayer adds. "When people change, they improve their self-management, and they usually reduce their use of health resources such as emergency room visits or unscheduled unscheduled
not planned or intended
Adj. 1. unscheduled - not scheduled or not on a regular schedule; "an unscheduled meeting"; "the plane made an unscheduled stop at Gander for refueling" absences from work--which relieves the health plan/employer of unnecessary health spending. Improved self-management also cuts escalating out-of-pocket spending and relieves the physician/office of unnecessary resource use. Everybody wins when everybody is accountable and responsible for the better outcomes."
Currently, the Center is working closely with employer groups employer group Association of employers Managed care An entity with a current group benefits agreement in effect with a health plan to provide covered health care services to its employee-subscribers and eligible dependents. in Battle Creek, such as Kellogg Company For other uses, see Kellogg.
Kellogg Company (often referred to as simply Kellogg or Kellogg's) is an American multinational producer of breakfast foods, snack foods, cookies, and crackers, with corporate headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA. , the Kellogg Foundation Kellogg Foundation, philanthropic institution established (1930) at Battle Creek, Mich., by food manufacturer W. K. Kellogg (1860–1951). Kellogg eventually gave the institution a total of $47 million, and by 1990 its endowment had increased to more than $3. , the Battle Creek Health System, the City of Battle Creek and Integrated Health Partners to further value-based health designs.
"This total team effort has the potential to render positive results in our community by cutting health costs and improving employee health," says Jennifer Peattie, human resources The fancy word for "people." The human resources department within an organization, years ago known as the "personnel department," manages the administrative aspects of the employees. specialist for the Kellogg Foundation.
Ken Tsuchiyama, city manager for the City of Battle Creek, advocates these healthcare innovations: "Michigan has suffered a rising prevalence of high-cost chronic disease, and the management of chronic care diseases has become a major component of primary healthcare. By giving its patients a level of responsibility, the value-based collaborative makes them feel very much a part of the process. As a result, we've seen progress in every area. In fact, some of the early outcomes show great promise."
Pat Garrett Patrick "Pat" Floyd Garrett (June 5, 1850 – February 28, 1908) was an American Old West lawman, bartender, and customs agent who was best known for killing Billy the Kid. , CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Battle Creek Health System, adds, "Clearly, we are moving in the right direction with value-based design. Our vision was to act as a change agent by gaining a better understanding of emerging healthcare needs and developing an integrated healthcare delivery system through the improved use of information technology. With this pioneering strategy, everyone has a stake and everyone wins."
About The Center for Health Value Innovation
Launched in 2007, The Center for Health Value Innovation is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization representing industry stakeholders committed to sharing the evidence that value-based health designs improve health status and reduce health cost inflation. Members include large and mid-size employers, health plans, integrated delivery systems integrated delivery system Integrated provider Medical practice A coordinated health care system formed by physician groups and hospitals which ↑ efficiency and ↓ redundancy in providing health care; IDSs coordinate delivery of a broad range of health , self-funded unions, municipal and state governments, medical management firms, pharmacy benefits management companies, vendor organizations and others which benefit from analytic tools, educational programs and collaborative connections to innovators innovators
people who will try new things.
important figures in the farming or client community because they are the leaders in the introduction of new techniques and management systems. in value-based health design. Visit www.vbhealth.org.