On August 10, 2017, employers from across the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region packed the Learning Center at The Health Collaborative to learn about What Employers Need to Know: Staying Competitive in a Changing Healthcare Payment Landscape.” The second in a three-part series of related events, the half-day seminar was an opportunity for area employers to hear from both regional and national thought leaders in the shifting world of pay-for-value healthcare delivery.

Keynote Andréa Caballero, Program Director for Catalyst for Payment Reform, described the culture shift in pay-for-value healthcare for employers, and recognized the short- and long-term opportunities for employers to engage in the changing landscape.

Andréa Caballero
Andréa E. Caballero, Program Director, Catalyst for Payment Reform
Mueller & Osterhues
Mueller & Osterhues

Caballero was then joined by Karen Mueller, Executive Vice President and Partner at HORAN, and Craig Osterhues, Health Services Leader at GE Aviation, for a conversation focused on the perspective of the regional employer. Soon after, panelists Trey Grayson, former CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; Paul Laurent, Vice President of Network Management at UnitedHealthcare of Ohio; Kelly Owen, Regional Vice President, Network Management – Payment Innovations at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and Dr. Richard Shonk, Chief Medical Officer of The Health Collaborative, were on hand to shed light on next steps for employers.

The mid-morning panel took it to the next level with “Systems, Providers, and Disruptors,” moderated by Karen Mueller. Panelists included Dr. Amy Mechley, Regional Primary Care Physician Leader at The Christ Hospital Health Network; Meg Murphy, Director of Communications at HealthJoy; Jeff Studenka, Chief Commercial Officer at DocHalo; and Dr. Mike Todd, Medical Director of Employer Health Solutions at Mercy Health.

The Health Collaborative continues to identify and evaluate sources of actionable data that are valuable to stakeholders. Understanding our local market and capitalizing on that knowledge will be the key to succeeding in a pay-for-value environment. Ultimately, through purchaser and provider partnerships, our region is poised to be a leader in pay-for-value innovation.

Our third and final session, scheduled for November 8 from 8:00 – 11:00 am, will bring together groups from both the first and second event, providing the opportunity for a comprehensive and robust dialogue across clinicians, including primary care and specialty, health system leaders, health plans, employers, and community partners.  The National MACRA MIPS Summit held in DC in early October will serve as our platform to bring the most up to date healthcare policy activities back to Cincinnati for this final event. Check back soon for information and to register!

Call for speakers

If you are attending the National MACRA/MIPS Summit in DC, please let us know! We are assembling a panel of local professionals who attended the Summit to provide a local perspective on the information shared during the conference. Contact Kate Haralson, Manager, Clinical Quality Improvement at kharalson@healthcollab.org for more information.

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