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National Survey Finds Employers are Challenging Health Plans to Better Use Resources to Prevent Illness and Improve Patient Safety
Date:11/12/2007

ders to doctors regarding which members need colorectal cancer screening.

-- Plans impact drug safety

Almost all health plans indicate they send notices to members about switching to lower cost generics as well as send notices to doctors. Yet few look retrospectively at drug conflicts to notify consumers and doctors when dangerous drug-drug conflicts emerge or when consumers are taking inappropriate medication for their age. Health plans have the capability to send members reminders when switching to lower cost drugs is concerned. Employers want health plans to use that same capability and ensure members are taking drugs safely.

"Our employer members -- the purchasers of health care -- utilize the eValue8 process to voice common expectations and measure performance for the health plan marketplace," said Barbara Belovich, executive director of the Health Action Council in Cleveland. "Through this process we're able to identify plans that use electronic clinical data, manage chronic diseases, and help consumers choose providers and manage their own conditions. eValue8 helps us work with plans to improve health care quality and provide value for the health care dollar."

The eValue8 RFI includes hundreds of benchmarks on critical issues such as plan administration, provider performance, pharmacy benefit management, disease management, patient safety, and member and provider communication. The information collected allows purchasers to compare apples to apples when deciding which health plan offers quality health care and to make better decisions about the value of the health care options they provide, raising the level of health for plan members as well as the entire community. Ensuring Solutions, a division of The George Washington University Medical Center, analyzed the data for the report.

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