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National Business Coalition on Health Issues Value-Based Purchasing Report at 5th Annual World Health Care Congress
Date:4/21/2008

Publication features testimonials from many of health care's most influential leaders

WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), a nonprofit, membership association of 60 business and health coalitions, representing a national network of 7,000 employers and 34 million covered lives, today released its report on value-based purchasing at the Fifth Annual World Health Care Congress. VOICES OF VALUE-BASED PURCHASING is both a retrospective on the accomplishments and continuing challenges for value-based purchasing, and a look ahead for the future of the American health care system.

"The report features testimonials of key stakeholders -- including employers, consumers, health plans, hospitals and physicians -- agreeing that value-based purchasing is a critical strategy for national health reform," said Andrew Webber, president and CEO of NBCH. "The challenge moving forward is how to take this growing leadership consensus and put it into action to establish a health care system built on value, with a clear return for every dollar spent."

The report includes more than 20 personal testimonials from some of health care's most influential leaders and is publicly available at NBCH's Web site: http://www.nbch.org/documents/voices.pdf.

"The cost of health care is an impediment to covering everyone in the United States," said Margaret O'Kane, president, National Committee for Quality Assurance. "When we deal with cost issues by scaling back coverage, we are not meeting these issues head-on. The idea of value-based purchasing is critical to moving forward toward the ultimate goal of providing coverage for everyone."

Pillars of value-based purchasing

NBCH and its membership of employer-based health coalitions have been advocates for a health care system built on the principles of value-based purchasing. The key pillars of value-base purchasing are: measuring the performance of health care providers; reporting performance to purchasers and consumers of health care; pay more to those physicians, hospitals and other providers who deliver excellent care; and adjust benefit design to promote improvement in health care while engaging consumers in managing their own health.

World Health Care Congress keynote

NBCH CEO Andrew Webber will be participating on a keynote panel about overcoming the challenges to reduce the cost of health care while improving quality at the Fifth Annual World Health Care Congress on Tuesday, April 22 at 3:55 pm Eastern. Bernadine Healy, MD, health editor for U.S. News & World Report will moderate. John Tooker, MD, MBA, FACP, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Physicians, will also participate on the panel with Uwe Reinhardt, PhD, professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University. NBCH will be exhibiting in booth number 705.

About the National Business Coalition on Health

NBCH is a national, nonprofit, membership organization of 60 employer-based health care coalitions, representing over 7,000 employers across the United States. NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers. In developing, identifying and disseminating best practices in value-based purchasing strategies; NBCH seeks to accelerate the nation's progress towards safe, efficient, high quality health care. NBCH's 13th Annual Conference will be held November 9-11, 2008 in Washington. For more information, call 202-775-9300 or visit http://www.nbch.org.

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