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Looking to 2020 with Appreciation and Optimism

Posted By Lauren Remspecher, Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

As we end 2019, I would like to acknowledge BHC members' commitment to improving health care and employee and community well-being. Your engagement in the coalition and with each other is greatly appreciated as we learn and work together toward better health and health care value. This energy was demonstrated by recording-breaking registration numbers for our 2019 Annual Meeting, totaling 436 members and community partners. The conversations sparked by our national speakers and local thought leaders were full of opportunity.
Andy Waldeck, Senior Partner at Innosight, painted U.S. health care as an industry ripe for disruptive innovation. He explained that “disruption" is a change that will transform an industry and bring meaningful improvements in affordability and accessibility to its customers. While he did not offer a specific timeline for when such innovation would occur, he created confidence that transformation is coming to U.S. health care and highlighted opportunities for purchasers and providers to accelerate desired change and thrive in the shifting landscape. 

Dr. Reena Duseja represented the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, perhaps the greatest disruptor of U.S. health care to-date, and offered insight into CMS' use of measures and incentives to expedite the value and performance of their plans. As with other innovations, employers can learn from CMS' experience implementing alternative models for payment and delivery of care.

Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada and Choosing Wisely International, reminded us that "more is not always better," especially when it comes to health care. Using educational toolkits and creative messaging, the Choosing Wisely campaign offers practical tips for engaging patients and physicians in reducing the culture of overuse in health care. Dr. Levinson reminded us that this is a problem across nations, not just in the United States, and offered several examples of success that has been achieved in provinces across Canada, other nations, and in many medical schools. Along with the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society and the Midwest Health Intiative, BHC has been working to identity situations of overuse in regional data and prioritize possible target areas for attention. A community collaboration to tackle overuse through diverse stakeholder engagement is preparing to launch in spring 2020. The work will align with the BHC Board's priority to develop a communication campaign to help the public become more informed consumers of health care. We would welcome your team's participation in this important initiative - please contact the BHC if you are interested in getting involved.


Linda Brady, Boeing’s health care strategy leader, provided an update on Boeing’s Accountable Care Organizations, advanced primary care efforts, and other strategies to achieve better value. She underscored the importance of leveraging relationships with health plan or provider partners to understand and influence care enhancements for employees. While a direct ACO contract is not feasible for all employers, there are many opportunities for employers with smaller or geographically-diverse populations to leverage puchasing power for better value. Moving into the coming year, the BHC’s new Value-based Purchasing Roundtable will explore advanced primary care solutions, including a visit to two local sites that have taken this approach.


Incoming BHC Board President and Chief Operating Officer for Francis Howell School District, Kevin Supple, closed the Annual Meeting with a heartfelt reminder of how peoples' lives are impacted by employer-provided health benefits and the difficult challenges that are faced by many patients. He inspired all of us to use our influence to make health care work better for employees, their families, and our community members. The BHC looks forward to answering this call in 2020 in collaboration with you.


Warm regards,

Louise Y. Probst

BHC Executive Director


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