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RELEASE: Alliance of Community Health Plans Receives Grant from Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)


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Alliance of Community Health Plans Receives Grant from Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Washington, D.C.  – (March 16, 2017) – The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) was awarded a grant today to facilitate patient centered research through its network of community based health plans by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). PCORI conducts research to address questions relevant to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders in order to close gaps in evidence needed to improve key health outcomes.

“With a research undertaking like this, the primary goal is always: how can we provide better care and better outcomes for patients?” said Thomas J. Foels, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Independent Health in Buffalo, NY. “The PCORI grant will allow us to conduct surveys, and package information, on a large scale and with the proper resources to support it. Independent Health, like the other member ACHP plans, is a member-centric, mission-driven organization.  As such, I believe we’re going to uncover some significant information that will yield recommendations to achieve the triple aim of better health, better care and lower costs for our members, and ultimately that’s the reason we’re doing this.”

Over a period of 18 months, ACHP will engage with its member organizations to capture best practices for disseminating information and changing provider behavior to better the health and experience of patients. The aim of the project is to develop recommendations and create resources that PCORI and others can draw on when disseminating research findings.

“The grant awarded by PCORI took many months of hard work, and we’re thrilled to see that effort materialize into a significant partnership to help us capture valuable information from our member plans,” said President and CEO of ACHP Ceci Connolly. “We are eager to bring together best practices from our plans into a cohesive strategy that will have major positive impacts on patients, clinicians and the local communities that our plans serve.”


About ACHP
The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) is a national leadership organization bringing together innovative health plans and provider groups that are among America’s best at delivering affordable, high-quality coverage and care. ACHP’s member health plans provide coverage and care for more than 19 million Americans across 27 states and the District of Columbia. These organizations focus on improving the health of the communities they serve and are on the leading edge of innovations in affordability and quality of care, including primary care redesign, payment reform, accountable health care delivery and use of information technology. To learn more, go to and follow ACHP on Twitter @_ACHP.