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CHIR Report-Assessing Responses to Increased Provider Consolidation

Rising health care prices have increased concerns about hospital and health system consolidation among policymakers, regulators, employers, and other purchasers of health coverage. With support from the National Institute for Health Care Reform Rising health care prices have increased concerns about hospital and health system consolidation among policymakers, regulators, employers, and other purchasers of health coverage. […] Read Article

“Transformation of Clinical Practices Initiative”

At the September CBGH Strategy Session Andrew Forbes and Allyson Gottsman presented the results of the “Transformation of Clinical Practices Initiative” or TCPI. Andrew and Allison showed specific examples of how the TCPI improved quality, reduced costs, and increased satisfaction with the patient care experience (not to mention improved physician satisfaction). Employers who want to […] Read Article

Denver-Area Market Assessment Report Released at Denver Chambers Today!

Today the Catalyst for Payment Reform released a report on innovative approaches to paying health care providers written in collaboration with the Colorado Business Group on Health and if you missed the strategy session today at the Denver metro Chambers of Commerce, you can still download that report here.  Denver_MA_Report_WebVersion (1).9.12.2019     Read Article

CBGH “Balance Scorecard for Taking Control of Health Spending”

“Balanced Scorecards” have been around since the 1990’s when Drs. Norton and Kaplan from Harvard promoted them as a means of monitoring complex problems by looking for a limited number of “leading indicators” (e.g., indicators of what to expect).   Until that time, the majority of organizations used complex spreadsheets comprised of numerous “lagging indicators” in […] Read Article

The Leapfrog Group 2019 Hospital Survey: Maternity Results & High Risk Surgeries Reports

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national health care watchdog organization has released its 2019 Maternity Care and High-Risk Surgeries Performed at American Hospitals Reports. These reports are based on the results of the 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, with data voluntarily submitted by more than 2000 U.S. 2019 Maternity Care Report This report provides an in-depth look at how participating […] Read Article

Not All Epiphanies are Religious

Epiphany [ee-pif-uh-nee], Noun: A sudden, intuitive perception of, or insight into, the reality or essential meaning of something; experience of a sudden and striking realization.   Largely to listen and learn, I recently sat in on a regional healthcare meeting of community leaders at which two large hospital systems were amply represented – which is […] Read Article

Colorado Hospital Value Report – Summer 2019!

Why A Hospital Value Report? As mentioned, prices vary inexplicably not just across the state as a whole, but within individual markets. For instance, prices for routine procedures in the Denver market range overall by more than 800%. To put these numbers in a real-life context, if consumers accepted that kind of variance when getting […] Read Article

Healthcare in Colorado: An Unprecedented Moment. An Unparalleled Opportunity.

In the 1960’s, Psychologist Fredrick Herzberg probed an interesting question about “Work and the Nature of Man.”  Herzberg wanted to know if removing environmental factors that dissatisfied workers would result in more satisfied and self-motivated workers.  He determined that they would not because of what became the “two-factor” theory.  Basically, he concluded that the factors […] Read Article

A Fiduciary Responsibility

The release of the Rand research report “Prices Paid to Hospitals by Private Health Plans Are High Relative to Medicare and Vary Widely” by Chapin White and Christopher Whaley represents a major step forward in enabling value-based purchasing.  MAJOR! For the very first time it allows employers to assess the reasonableness of the prices they […] Read Article

Denver Business Journal wrote ‘Innovation can be a silver bullet’

May 9, 20-19 Colorado Business Group on Health held their Annual Forum at the Hilton Denver Inverness Hotel. The line up of speakers included Lt Governor, Dianne Primavera, Kim Bimestefer, Executive Director of HCPF, David Blumenthal MD, President, The Common Wealth Fund, and Shane Wolverton, SR VP, Quantros. The article was about the Forum focus […] Read Article

State Senate Healthcare Committee Testimony!

 Bob Smith was requested by Representative Chris Kennedy to give testimony in support of HB19-1001, the Hospital Financial Transparency Bill on January 16th. This bill would require hospitals to disclose their current Medicare cost reports to the State and allow the State to evaluate why hospitals are shifting costs to employers and the degree to which […] Read Article