Alliance of Community Health Plans Announces Contract With Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(Washington, D.C., September 28, 2001) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) today announced that it has been awarded a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will enable ACHP to support research in managed care organizations and to build research capacity.

“ACHP is delighted to continue our work with the CDC in improving health in the community,” said Jack Ebeler, president and CEO of ACHP. “This will give ACHP plans and members of the HMO Research Network a continued opportunity to participate in innovative preventive health research projects and collaborative efforts with CDC.”

The CDC contract, Assessment Studies in Organized Health Care Delivery, qualifies ACHP to serve as the administrator for various CDC “task orders,” which specify directed research and collaborations on up to $20 million worth of contracts annually. The nature, scope, and complexity of the services to be performed will vary from task to task. They range from policy assessments that require analyses of major policy issues being considered by CDC to program assessments that focus more narrowly on current programs and defined issues or problems to assessments of specific programs.

The American Association of Health Plans (AAHP), the nation’s largest trade association for managed care plans, preferred provider plans and point-of service plans, was selected by CDC as the other awardee to serve as an administrator of the task orders.

The contract is the second such CDC award received by ACHP in recent years. “Under the past contract, these task orders have generated important new knowledge for health care delivery,” said Ebeler. “This continues our efforts with CDC to link new knowledge in public health and managed care.”

The earlier research directed by CDC included topics such as setting priorities for clinical preventive services; diabetes in children; diabetes prevention and control; outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services, dental treatment and cost variations associated with community water fluoridation, and screening protocols for colorectal cancer. Award amounts ranged from $50,000 to over $1 million dollars. The status of earlier work that ACHP managed in collaboration with CDC can be referenced on ACHP’s web site, ##SITE_ROOT##.

Based in Washington, D.C., ACHP is composed of a select group of innovative health plans and providers focused on providing high quality health care in the community. Member plans provide health care services to 12 million people.

1 AvMed Health Plan, Florida; Fallon Community Health Plan, Massachusetts; Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin; Group Health Cooperative, Washington State; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Massachusetts; Health Alliance Medical Plans, Illinois; Health Alliance Plan, Michigan; HIP Health Plan, New York; HealthPartners, Minnesota; Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and The Permanente Federation (multi-state); M Plan, Indiana; and Univera Healthcare, New York.