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NEJM Article Highlights Core Principles for Regional Health Plans


Contact: Leah Hunter,
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 NEJM Article Highlights Core Principles for Regional Health Plans

Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2017) – A Perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, co-authored by Ceci Connolly, ACHP President and CEO, and Thomas H. Lee, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey Associates, Inc. and member of Geisinger Health System’s Board of Directors, outlines core policy principles for the future of health care and demonstrates what makes nonprofit, community-based health plans unique.

Regional health plans, like ACHP members, are embedded in their communities and do not have the option of moving to another market or withdrawing. The challenges of commitment also bring creative problem solving. Connolly and Lee illustrate a path forward for health plans by walking through five policy guidelines, all based on remaining committed to communities and providing quality care. The five principles include:

  • Universal participation in health coverage
  • A shift from volume to value in payment models
  • A focus on patients
  • Innovation at all levels
  • Collaboration between payers and providers

“Nonprofit, community health plans have a unique perspective. Their alignment with providers and freedom from stockholder demands allows them to put the patient first,” said Connolly. “The principles we outline can act as a roadmap for defining goals and guiding policy as the future of health care reform is determined.”

ACHP has been actively working with members of Congress and the Administration as they consider reforms to the Affordable Care Act. ACHP sent a letter to the Senate last week outlining priorities around maintaining affordable insurance for working Americans and the importance of continuing to protect the millions who have recently gained coverage.

The piece is available online here.

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