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MAKING HEALTH INSURANCE AFFORDABLE

Many employers think that the only way to make healthcare more affordable is to cut quality.  At CBGH, we hold the opposite view. Decades of research demonstrates that the only way to reduce the growing burden of healthcare costs is to improve quality.  Now an excellent article from the Center for Healthcare Quality & Payment […] Read Article

“Fixing Health Care”

The big question is “How to Pay for Health Care”? The United States stands at a crossroads as it struggles with how to pay for health care. The fee-for-service system, the dominant payment model in the U.S. and many other countries, is now widely recognized as perhaps the single biggest obstacle to improving health care […] Read Article

Healthcare Costs Resume Their Upward Climb

Although it was nice while it lasted, a multi-year slowdown in the growth of healthcare costs came to an end in 2015 with overall costs increasing 5.8% and spending by private insurers increasing 7.2 %.  A December 2nd report by U.S.News, in addition to citing the above, points out that these are the largest increases in the last 8 […] Read Article

Which Colorado hospitals get high and low scores for safety?

Nearly one-third of participating Colorado hospitals received the highest grade possible for safety practices in a recent report from The Leapfrog Group, a national consumer-health watchdog organization. Fourteen of the 43 hospitals that Leapfrog examined received an “A” grade for their ability to protect patients from accidents, injuries and infections, while another 17 received a […] Read Article

Side Effects: The role of the PBM

They certainly don’t carry the same brand recognition as Coca-Cola, McDonalds, or even pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, but last year the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the country reported nearly as much revenue as those three companies combined. With $102 billion in revenue in 2015, Express Scripts Inc. is a giant in the pharmaceutical supply chain […] Read Article

YVMC grade improves from C to A on new report

Yampa Valley Medical Center was one of 14 Colorado hospitals to receive an A in the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, released last week by the national nonprofit watchdog The Leapfrog Group in collaboration with the Colorado Business Group on Health. According to a news release, the hospital, which received a C grade in […] Read Article

Employers Embracing Value-Based Care! Read More..

According to a recent article in Modern Healthcare, more and more employers are beginning to understand and support the notion of “value-based” health care by pursuing one or more of three key strategies: Value-based reimbursements.  Rather than relying on traditional fee-for-service payments, more employers want to use new payment models such as bundled payments. Centers of excellence.  WillisTowers […] Read Article

Healthcare’s Value Problem Part Two: Getting at the Root Cause

By Bob Smith, Associate Director, CBGH   In Part One of our three-part blog on healthcare’s value problem we argue that, in order to avoid coming to the conclusion that they are helpless in the face of healthcare’s intimidating complexity, employers – who finance our commercial health market – we must separate results from causes […] Read Article