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National Business Coalition on Health Releases 2008 eValue8(TM) RFI
Date:12/12/2007

Tool cut by almost 20% to focus on issues most critical to health care

purchasers; ProposalTech selected as new survey vendor

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Today the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), a non-profit organization of employer-based health coalitions, released its 2008 eValue8(TM) Common Request for Information (RFI), an annual tool used by health care purchasers to compare the quality and efficiency of America's health plans. eValue8 is the nation's leading standardized RFI tool used by employers and coalitions to gather health care data from nearly 200 health plans and health insurers. Over 100 million Americans, or one in every three Americans, are members of health plans that respond to eValue8.

"Employers want to know what resources health plans deliver to help employees maintain or improve their health," said Mary Bradley, director of health care planning for Pitney Bowes. "eValue8 continues to reflect the most important consensus issues of the nation's employers, including asking plans about critical value based benefit designs."

New this year

A new survey vendor, ProposalTech, which creates software to manage RFIs and analyze results, has been selected to create an easier, more efficient process for health plans to submit data and enable purchasers to better understand their responses. As a result of this new platform, health plans can spend less time on the process and concentrate on providing better, more comprehensive information to employers.

Additionally, the eValue8 tool has been reduced by almost 20 percent to target the most critical questions employers have as purchasers and reflect the most important emerging health issues. Used to assess plan performance, negotiate contracting provisions and collaborate on programs to improve treatment of costly chronic health conditions such as diabetes, back pain and cardiovascular disease, the 2008 eValue8 RFI asks health plans h
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