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Two Area Hospitals Earn Leapfrog's 2015 Top Hospital Award - 12/02/15  

Bethlehem, PA, (December 2, 2015) – Demonstrating the highest standards of care, two local hospitals were named to The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals.  Geisinger Medical Center (Danville) and Reading Hospital received this coveted award for 2015.   Widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States, the award recognizes hospitals who are committed to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike. 

The announcement came today at Leapfrog’s 15th anniversary celebration in Washington, D.C., with key decision-makers from Leapfrog's network of purchaser members, industry partners, health care stakeholders and national collaborators gathered for the occasion.  Tom Croyle, LVBCH president, was on hand at the event to make the award presentations to these two local hospitals that are leading the pack on quality, patient safety and transparency. 

To read the entire news release about the 2015 Top Hospital Awards, click here.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, please visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

 

 

LVBCH Announces the Release of Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores - 10/28/15

Bethlehem, PA, October 28, 2015 – The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) announced today the release of the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores, published by patient safety nonprofit, The Leapfrog Group.  The Hospital Safety Score grades hospitals on how well they protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.  These mistakes harm millions of Americans every year, and it is estimated that up to 440,000 lives are lost each year due to preventable medical errors.   

In Pennsylvania, letter grades were assigned to 131 hospitals with 31 (or 24%) receiving an ‘A’, the highest letter grade.  The only two hospitals in the entire state of PA that have received ‘Straight As’ since the inception of the Score in 2012 are two local hospitals -- Lehigh Valley Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. 

“Nearly 1,000 people die every day because of preventable hospital errors.  The Hospital Safety Score should be the first thing patients and family members consult when faced with a planned procedure or hospital stay” said Tom Croyle, President of LVBCH.  "We’re pleased to recognize the hard work and commitment of all the following hospitals serving LVBCH employer communities that scored an ‘A’ letter grade in this latest update.  We encourage these hospitals to continue making the well-being of their patients a top priority and that other area hospitals will follow their example,” Croyle added.

To read the entire news release about the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores, click here.

For hospital ratings in your area, visit: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org

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The Leapfrog Group Releases C-Section Rates by Hospital - 10/07/15




In the U.S., nearly one in three women gives birth by cesarean section (C-section). There will always be cases where C-sections are medically necessary, but experts agree that doctors perform far too many, putting moms and babies at risk. For the first time, patients can use a single, standardized C-section rate to compare by hospital at the national level. With information on 48 states and the District of Columbia, The Leapfrog Group is building the most comprehensive source of C-section data available anywhere.  Leapfrog's new website can help women and families protect themselves from unnecessary C-sections, learn about the risks and benefits of C-sections, and ultimately make more informed choices about their birth hospital.

Interested in your hospital's rate? Visit www.leapfroggroup.org/c-section

Type 2 Diabetes Report - 2015

LVBCH and Sanofi US Release 2015 Type 2 Diabetes Report
Key Geographic Regions in PA are Compared to State and National Statistics 

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) and Sanofi US (Sanofi) are pleased to present the Type 2 Diabetes Report for 2015.  Employers, providers, insurers and community health agencies should use this report to assess how diabetes management strategies are working to change behaviors, improve community health and contain costs.

 

To read the report, click on the image of the report to the right or click the link below.

To read the news release, click here.

To read the report, click here.



LVBCH to End Partnership with Aetna - 09/22/15

Bethlehem, PA (September 22, 2015) The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) is ending its long-time relationship with Aetna and as of January 1, 2016 will no longer offer Aetna’s health plan products to Coalition members. Aetna has been a “preferred partner” of LVBCH, offering self-funded, employer-designed health plans to Coalition members for more than 10 years.

The decision stems from Aetna’s choice not to participate in LVBCH’s periodic performance assessment process, which is required of all Coalition health plan partners. LVBCH invited health insurers in the region to participate in the assessment. Capital BlueCross, Cigna, Highmark and UnitedHealthcare participated. Aetna declined.

“Aetna’s decision not to participate in the performance assessment in our market prevented our comparison of Aetna against national benchmarks and other health insurers in the region,” said LVBCH President Thomas Croyle. “It is unfortunate because historically Aetna offered quality products and we have enjoyed a positive relationship.”

To read the entire News Release click here.

To read an article that Lehigh Valley Business published about the partnership ending, click here.

To read an article that the Allentown Morning Call published about the partnership ending, click here.

 

Long-time LVBCH Board Member to Lead PHC4  -- Joe Huxta Elected to Chairmanship of Council - 08/11/15

Bethlehem, PA (August 11, 2015) – The Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council (PHC4), Harrisburg, announced the election of Joe Huxta, Volvo Group North America, and long-time Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) Board Member as its next chairman. Huxta’s election was announced by PHC4 Executive Director Joe Martin following the July board meeting after which he assumed his new duties.

Joe Huxta’s involvement with LVBCH began in 1985 and since then he served as treasurer, vice-chair and chairman of the Board. He was also instrumental in LVBCH’s early initiatives at pooled purchasing and setting up the first Point-of-Service medical plan in the Valley.

To read the entire News Release click here.

 

LVBCH Releases 2015 Health Plan Score Card - 07/28/15

Bethlehem, PA (July 28, 2015)  LVBCH announced the release of its second Health Plan Score Card, a ranking of how well health plans (national and regional health insurance companies) perform on metrics-based criteria established by the National Business Coalition on Health’s (NBCH) eValue8™ process. eValue8™ is the leading evidence-based request for information (RFI) tool available to healthcare purchasers. The eValue8™ RFI asks questions to determine how health plans are managing chronic conditions, reducing and eliminating waste, ensuring patient safety, closing gaps in care, promoting consumer engagement and contributing to payment reform.

This is the second time in the last three years that LVBCH partnered with NBCH to measure health insurance performance in the region. The eValue8™ process provides health plan purchasers with an alternative to relying on health plan marketing materials. It offers information verified by trained reviewers with expertise in health plan operations and value-based purchasing. Performance can be tracked year over year, within a state, by region, or across the country.

LVBCH sent the Health Plan Score Card to its employer members in July 2015.

To read the entire press release about the Health Plan Score Card, click here.

To read an article that Lehigh Valley Business published about the Health Plan Score Card, click here.

 

 LVBCH Partners with Consumer Reports - 07/21/15

Bethlehem, PA (July 21, 2015) The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) and Consumer Reports announced an agreement designating LVBCH as a Consumer Reports Health Consumer Partner.

By combining forces, LVBCH gains access to Consumer Reports' vast array of consumer healthcare information and the various educational campaigns it promotes -- like the Choosing Wisely® campaign. The agreement also gives the Coalition co-branding rights in the development of materials and permits the Coalition to link its materials with the Consumer Reports website, all at no cost. Consumer Reports will also work with LVBCH to develop customized materials for its members.

Choosing Wisely® promotes conversations between doctors and patients by helping patients choose care that is: supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm and truly necessary. “Partnering with organizations such as LVBCH enables us to get our message and content out to a broad audience at the right time and in the right settings”, says Dom Lorusso, Director of Health Partnerships at Consumer Reports. “Our goal is to ensure consumers are engaged with their health providers in discussing their own care

For more information on Consumer Reports programs visit http://consumerhealthchoices.org/partners/

To read the entire News Release click here.

To access more than 100 brochures and factsheets (including videos) to getting better, safer, more cost-effective care, click the following link: http://www.lvbch.com/lvbch_80_1_67_15_choosing-wisely-campaign.html

 

LVBCH Announces a Private Exchange Option for Members - 06/29/15

Bethlehem, PA (June 29, 2015) The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) announced its selection of bswift’s technology to power a private exchange for its member employers. Concurrently, bswift announced that First Niagara Benefits Consulting (FNBC), a division of First Niagara Risk Management and subsidiary of First Niagara Bank, N.A., will manage the LVBCH private exchange.

The LVBCH private exchange is designed to assist employers with managing costs more effectively. It also offers competitive benefit options for employees by leveraging existing LVBCH products and the robust technology that bswift has developed over the past 15 years.

The LVBCH private exchange will help manage overall healthcare spend by introducing more choice and personal accountability, while driving greater consumerism and reducing over-insuring. By providing greater choices and more sophisticated decision support tools, employees will be able to select benefits that are best suited to meet their unique needs and coverage objectives. The exchange will be offered to LVBCH member firms with 100 or more employees.

To read the entire News Release click here.

 

LVBCH Appoints Physician Advisor -- Former PA Physician General Tapped for New Role 06/05/15

Bethlehem, PA (June 5, 2015) – Tom Croyle, president of the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) announced another step in strengthening its capabilities to address the healthcare issues and concerns of member employers with the appointment of Robert S. Muscalus, DO, RS Muscalus Consulting, LLC Hummelstown, PA, as the Coalition’s Executive Physician Consultant.

The appointment follows a recent announcement of an initiative to provide a data and analytics platform to LVBCH and its member employers.

To read the entire News Release click here.

 

LVBCH Announces Recognition Award Winners - 05/08/15

Bethlehem, PA (May 8, 2015) The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) announced the winners of its 2015 recognition awards at its 35th Annual Conference held on May 8th on the campus of DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. This marked the sixth consecutive year that LVBCH chose to recognize outstanding Coalition members for their contributions to the Coalition and the communities they serve.


St. Luke’s University Health Network Garners Quality Award      United Concordia Dental Receives Partnership Award

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) was the recipient of the Catherine A. Gallagher Quality Award for its commitment to transparency and quality improvement. Named the Partnership Award winner was United Concordia Dental for its efforts at providing quality, cost-effective and affordable dental plans to Coalition member employers. 

To read the entire News Release about the 2015 LVBCH Recognition Award Winners, click here.


LVBCH Featured in LVB Article "35 Years of Saving on Health Care" - 04/13/15

On 4/13/15, Lehigh Valley Business (LVB) published an article about LVBCH titled "35 years of saving on health care". The article was written by Jennifer Glose, a staff reporter for LVB -- the most widely read local business publication in Lehigh Valley. It included a photo taken by Jennifer (right) of LVBCH's current staff.

Jennifer interviewed a variety of different people for the article and included quotes from the following LVBCH supporters:
  - Tom Croyle, LVBCH President
  - Michael Donio, former LVBCH employee and LVBCH historian
  - Deborah Faulkinberry, Managing Director, Gross McGinley LLP
  - Vicki Doule, Sr. Director, Group Sales, Major Markets, Capital BlueCross
  - Tom Palmer, Sr. VP of Sales & Service, United Concordia Dental
  - Bob Johnston, Benefits Manager, East Penn Manufacturing
  - Jack Gross, Partner, Gross McGinley   

                                                                                                                              
The article includes a brief history about LVBCH as well as information about our members, purchasing partners what LVBCH is doing today to ensure employers are getting the most value for their health care dollars.  LVBCH's association and support of the Leapfrog Group and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) are also highlighted.

To read the article, click here.

To learn more about LVB, visit their website at www.LVB.com. To learn more about LVBCH, visit www.LVBCH.com.

 

LVBCH & Geneia Ink Deal to Provide Advanced Analytics and Insights to Employers - 04/09/15

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) and Genia announced a multi-year partnership to provide Pennsylvania employers with the advanced health care analytics and insights needed to manage the quality and cost of employee healthcare.

Through the partnership, Geneia will provide its data and analytics platform to the LVBCH and member employers. The platform integrates claims and utilization data as well as clinical outcomes and benefit data in order to deliver meaningful and actionable healthcare information. As a result, employers will have the information necessary to make informed decisions about the effectiveness of their health insurance plans for their employees as a whole, as well as measure their efficacy in managing the quality and cost of healthcare for specific employee populations. 

To read the entire news release, click here  

To get more information, Download Fact Sheet 

 

 

LVBCH Celebrates 35 years in Healthcare - See Story on Page 16 of the Lehigh Valley Business Milestones Publication - 02/23/15

Reaching a company anniversary is a great achievement for any business. We are excited to report that the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) is celebrating our 35th anniversary in 2015.

It all began in 1980, when a few forward-thinking local business leaders met to discuss the actions they could take to address rapidly rising medical costs and the impact on their businesses and their employees. From these humble beginnings, LVBCH has evolved into one of the most successful healthcare focused employer coalitions in the nation.

In recognition of our noteworthy anniversary, LVBCH was featured on page 16 of a special publication by Lehigh Valley Business called "Milestones". To read the LVBCH story, click the image to the left.

 

 

LVBCH and Capital BlueCross Reach Early Agreement to Extend Partnership - 02/18/15

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) and Capital BlueCross today announced that they have reached an early agreement to extend their partnership, maintaining Capital BlueCross’ designation as a LVBCH Preferred Partner. Originally scheduled for consideration at the end of 2015, the relationship now extends through 2018. 

To read the entire news release, click here   

Capital BlueCross has been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of their customers and the communities they live in by being a customer-focused health and medical value leader for 75 years.  To access a 4-page factsheet about Capital BlueCross, click hereFor more information about Capital BlueCross, visit their website at www.capbluecross.com. 

Employers and broker interested in learning more about Capital BlueCross plans should contact Vicki Doule, Senior Director, Group Sales Major Market via email at vicki.doule@capbluecross.comFor information on membership in LVBCH, as well as access to all endorsed products, visit www.LVBCH.com.

 

LVBCH Endorses UnitedHealthcare Self-Insured Plan -- Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage Offered at Competitive Prices - 12/03/14

Employer members of the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Health Care (LVBCH) now have access to a new, competitively priced, self-insured platform of employee health benefits from UnitedHealthcare.  By working together, LVBCH and UnitedHealthcare designed an all-inclusive benefits package that covers: medical services; pharmacy services; behavioral health; wellness; member support tools; Nurse-Line services; and wellness dollars. The package also includes a national network of health care professionals and hospital systems.