BCBSM President and Chief Executive Daniel J. Loepp is featured on the cover of the January edition of Managed Healthcare Executive magazine for a story about the Blues’ efforts to improve health care quality and contain costs by partnering with doctors and hospitals.
The story, “Business Imperative: Collaborating with providers has become an essential strategy,” examines a few of BCBSM’s collaborations in detail. Editor-in-chief Julie Miller writes that “Collaborative models have the effect of encouraging competing hospitals and practices to set their politics aside and focus on learning best practices from each other.” They also help encourage transparency as health care providers focus on learning from one another, the story continues:
However, as the healthcare landscape changes under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Loepp believes payers will have to modify their strategies.
“What we’re doing around patient-centered medical homes and our Physician Group Incentive Program may be different in two or three or four years,” he says. “It may take a different turn; I’m not sure what, honestly, because there are a lot of unknowns with the Affordable Care Act. But, I can’t see any situation where the collaborative model isn’t going to be at the forefront.”
Managed Healthcare Executive is a monthly business-to-business publication that relies on a 14-member editorial advisory board of managed care professionals. The magazine is based in North Olmsted, Ohio.