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Health care coalition releases score card to rate health care plans

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For the second time in three years, Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare released its Health Plan Score Card.

The score card ranks how well health plans perform on metrics-based criteria established by the National Business Coalition on Health’s eValue8 process – an evidence-based request for information tool available to health care purchasers.

The eValue8 process asks questions to determine how health plans are managing chronic conditions, reducing and eliminating waste, ensuring patient safety, closing gaps in care, promoting consumer engagement and contributing to payment reform.

“The Health Plan Score Card summarizes a wealth of key information into an easy to understand guide for our members,” LVBCH President Tom Croyle said. “Employers can use the information when they need to make decisions about which health insurance plans perform best in the region.”

The eValue8 process provides health plan purchasers with an alternative to relying on health plan marketing materials. It offers information verified by trained reviewers with expertise in health plan operations and value-based purchasing. Performance can be tracked year over year, within a state, by region or across the country.

Health plans are scored and designated as gold, silver or bronze, and results in the scorecard are only available to LVBCH’s 183 member-companies.

Participating in this year’s request for information, making the report possible are: Captial BlueCross, Cigna, Highmark Blue Shield and UnitedHealthcare.

LVBCH is a nonprofit organization in Bethlehem that represents businesses and strives to improve the delivery, cost and quality of health care.

LVBCH's employer membership has grown to include companies and organizations from various industries, including government, manufacturing, service, retail and education. Within the member companies, LVBCH's health care plans are for about 285,000 people.

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Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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