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We are pleased to introduce our quarterly e-Newsletter – IMPACT! The name reflects our company’s values and intent of sharing the latest trends and topics impacting the health ecosystem.

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Cross-sector collaboration guides much of our work and that of our clients. We are pleased to share recent success stories from across the health ecosystem. These examples demonstrate the innovative thinking and practical application of health ecosystem leadership and its impact on health outcomes.

Cross-sector collaborations improve care
Modern Healthcare

A study published in Health Affairs showed that providers that form partnerships with community organizations outside of the healthcare industry could help better control healthcare costs, reduce unnecessary utilization, and avoid readmission. By creating an interconnected network with community organizations – such as job placement, housing, transportation, and other supplementary services – providers are able to gain a 360-degree view of the patient outside of traditional healthcare, allowing them to positively influence health outcomes by taking a population health perspective to healthcare.

Navigating the path to value
Eye for Pharma

The healthcare industry as a whole is making a seismic transformation from measuring outcomes based on volume to value-based prevention and treatment – and pharmaceutical companies are becoming privy to this change as well. To be successful with this change, collaboration between a wide range of organizations will be needed, and perhaps the most important collaboration is between pharma and payers. However, trust and open dialogue between these stakeholders will be a key barrier to break through in order to make the shift to value-based drug pricing.

Strong partnerships crucial to community health initiatives, hospital executives say
Fierce Healthcare

Eleven hospital executives were interviewed about their organizations’ commitment to community health partnerships. These executives note that three key elements to a sustainable partnership between a healthcare system and community organizations are:

  1. Consistent funding streams from multiple sources
  2. Community engagement and marketing
  3. Shared accountability and clearly defined roles

Payers enter new value-based care agreements with providers
Health Payer Intelligence

Many payers are forming collaborative partnerships with providers to establish accountable care organizations (ACO) and other value-based care agreements. The goal of these partnerships is to make care more accessible, consumer friendly, affordable and ultimately more coordinated. This article summaries some of the industry’s newest collaborative agreements, including the following:

  • Aetna, Orland Health, and UnityPoint Accountable Care
  • Mercy Health and Cigna
  • Tufts Health Plan and Hartford Healthcare

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