In New York State, Employers Launch Quality Consortium

An employers' coalition and health quality company have jointly created the New York State Health Accountability Foundation, a not-for-profit consortium of health purchasers. The New York Business Group on Health and IPRO launched the foundation with $250,000 in seed money from the New York Legislature. IPRO is a health care quality consultancy that has its roots as a peer review organization.

The foundation will promote competition and consumer choice, and provide employers with information on health plan quality, access and satisfaction. It will offer member companies evaluation and quality improvement services, including customized performance reports comparing strengths and weaknesses of individual health plans. Evaluations will be based on the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS).

Members can also obtain standardized reports that measure employee satisfaction with a health plan's quality and accessibility. Satisfaction reports will be compiled and weighted to allow accurate comparisons among plans. The foundation also plans to conduct clinical improvement studies to assess and ultimately improve the quality of treatment that health plans provide for specified diseases.

Among the organizations represented on the foundation's employer steering committee are IBM, Citibank, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Bell Atlantic and TIAA-CREF, the largest pension fund in the world.

Career Opportunities

HAP, a subsidiary of Henry Ford Health System, is a nonprofit health plan providing coverage to individuals, companies and organizations. This executive develops strategies to meet membership and revenue targets through products, pricing, market segmentation and advertising.  Aligns business among Business Development, Commercial Sales, Medicare and Public Sector Programs and Product Development. Seeks to enhance and be responsible for business development and expansion through the development of an effective product portfolio, strong interpersonal relationships and service excellence.

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