EMHS becomes new member of the National High Value Healthcare Collaborative


HANOVER, NH – With the addition today of four major health systems, the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC) is now comprised of 19 health systems – representing 200 hospitals and 70 million patients across the country – to improve care and lower costs.
These newest partners – Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Hawaii Pacific Health, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Sinai Health System – will join other Collaborative partners in sharing care pathways and data on utilization and outcomes to test and adopt best practices and new, expanded standards of measurement. 
“We are delighted to welcome four dynamic partners, representing diverse populations, to the Collaborative,” said Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, one of the five founding partners of the Collaborative. “By joining in this work, they are demonstrating their commitment to transparently sharing data and processes that will result in better patient care.”
Now in its third year, the HVHC is addressing six increasingly prevalent health conditions and treatments that have wide variation in rates, costs, and outcomes nationally. These are knee replacement, hip replacement, diabetes, congestive heart failure, spine surgery, and sepsis. Additional high variation, high cost conditions that affect diverse populations will be added over time.
High Value Health Collaborative goals include improving care, improving health, and reducing costs by identifying and accelerating adoption of best-practice care models and innovative value- based payment models. These are similar to EMHS goals and reflective of the work the system has been doing for the past few years. President and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE said, “We’ve proven within EMHS how effective it is to share quality and performance data with one another, so to be able to do that on a much larger scale, with leaders of the nation’s top healthcare systems is a remarkable opportunity that will benefit the people of Maine. EMHS has much to share with its peers and we also look forward to learning from some of the best in the industry.”
The Collaborative was founded in 2010 by Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Denver Health, Intermountain Healthcare, and Mayo Clinic, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Additional members, representing more than 200 hospitals, 70,000 physicians, and 30,000 staff across their networks, include:
Baylor Health Care System, Beaumont Health System, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, MaineHealth, North Shore-LIJ, Providence Health & Services, Scott & White Healthcare, Sutter Health, UCLA Health, University of Iowa Health Care, and Virginia Mason Medical Center.
Members of the Collaborative are added based on a nomination and review process. Criteria include having strong research and quality improvement processes; a robust health information technology infrastructure; a commitment of personnel, operational, and financial resources to carry out the work; and demonstrated experience in collaboration across institutions. The new members will be assimilated over the next several months to assure a smooth entry into participation in the focus areas of the Collaborative.
Collaborative teams and partner CEOs will hold their Fall meeting this week in Utah to continue sharing results and moving their work forward. Papers discussing the ongoing work of the Collaborative will be published over the coming months.
Funding for the projects described herein is provided in part by:
CMS-1C1-12-001 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)
Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.
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