About eValue8™

eValue8™ was created by business coalitions and employers like Marriott and General Motors to measure and evaluate health plan performance. eValue8™ asks health plans probing questions about how they manage critical processes that control costs, reduce and eliminate waste, ensure patient safety, close gaps in care and improve health and health care.


Health plans provide detail on how they educate, engage and incent consumers to promote health and manage disease, as well as measure and pay providers. Plans and purchasers receive objective scores enabling comparison of plans against regional and national benchmarks and a roadmap for improvement. As a result of face-to-face discussion of findings and roadmap, plans learn what they need to do to align their strategies with purchaser expectations to maximize the value of the health care investment and ultimately, improve health and quality of care.


Mission
eValue8™  is a transformational resource to help NBCH member coalitions lead in improving health and value of health care services in their communities by advancing value-based purchasing.


Vision

In 2017, eValue8™ is the essential resource used by coalitions and purchasers to align purchaser-plan strategies that advance value-based purchasing.


 


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eValue8™ Fact Sheet

measuring cost, quality and performance
What is eValue8™? eValue8™ is an evidence based resource created by business coalitions and employers like Marriott and General Motors to measure and evaluate health plan performance.


eValue8™ asks health plans probing questions about how they manage critical processes that control costs,reduce and eliminate waste,ensure patient safety, close gaps in care, and improve health and health care.




eValue8™ Benefits Teaser

Stressed by runaway health care cost trends?
Are you looking for ways to hold plans and
providers accountable for the quality and cost of care for your employees? eValue8™ can help.

eValue8™ enables payers of health care to become active purchasers, setting expectations and goals that will fundamentally improve the value of their health care dollar and health of their employees.




NBCH Action Briefs

NBCH is pleased to announce a new series of action briefs developed to support the critical role purchasers and purchaser-led coalitions play as change agents in improving health and health care in employee populations and the community at large. Each action brief will center on a specific topic of interest highlighting why employers should care; using eValue8™ data to better explain the role of health plans around the issue; and providing action steps and strategies employers can take to improve health and health care delivery.


January 2014 - Specialty Pharmacy

Most commonly used in the treatment of chronic or life threatening conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer, specialty drugs represent the fastest growing sector of pharmacy spending today. Although specialty medications currently account for only 1% of all prescriptions, they represent about 20% of today's drug costs. Industry experts predict that by 2020, specialty drug spend will more than quadruple, reaching approximately $402 billion a year and presenting tremendous cost challenges for employers. 

November 2013: Depression

An estimated one in 14 U.S. adults report struggling with depression. Considering its significant impact on the workplace – the economic burden of depressed employees is estimated at $83 billion per year – more companies are tackling mental health issues and making investments to support healthier, more productive employees. This Action Brief outlines the scope of depression; how health plans are addressing the issues based on data from eValue8, a resource used by purchasers to track health plan performance; and actions employers can take to engage and support their workforce around mental health issues, including awareness, diagnosis, and treatment options.

July 2013: Prediabetes 

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes, and an estimated 1 in 3 have prediabetes. With direct and indirect diabetes costs estimated at $245 billion annually, employers are increasingly engaged in diabetes care, control, and prevention efforts. If prediabetes is addressed, it prevents or delays the onset of type 2 diabetes, reducing such costs. This Action Brief outlines the scope of prediabetes; how health plans are addressing the issues based on data from eValue8™, a resource used by purchasers to track health plan performance; and actions employers can take to engage and support their workforce in improving health, preventing type 2 diabetes, reducing risk factors, and better controlling existing conditions.

April 2013: Community Health

According to the County Health Rankings, an annual breakdown of the health of counties in every state, there are a multitude of factors that influence health, including where people live, learn, work, and play. Improving the health of a community should be everyone's business, and employers play a critical role in helping to build healthy communities and promote a healthy population. This Action Brief outlines the scope of community health; how health plans are addressing the issues based on data from eValue8 - a resource used by purchasers to track health plan performance - and actions employers can take to partner with others and invest in the health of a community through sustainable and evidence-based interventions.



February 2013: Investing in Maternal Health

New mothers make up the fastest growing segment of the U.S. workforce. As many employers are faced with increased, pregnancy-related costs, now more than ever employers must focus on maternal health. It is important to remember that maternal health encompasses preconception, pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. This Action Brief outlines the business case for improved maternal health as well as how health plans are supporting this population based on data from eValue8 – a resource used by purchasers to assess health plan performance. Lastly, the brief offers evidence-based resources and actions employers can take to implement a maternal health strategy in the workplace.
January 2013: The Importance of Supporting Child Health

In 2010, roughly one quarter of the U.S. population was under the age of 18. Considering that over half (55%) of this population is covered by employer-sponsored health insurance, it is critically important for employers to focus on wellness andprevention initiatives not only for adult workers but also for dependent children. This Action Brief outlines the business case for improved child health as well as how health plans are supporting the health of children based on data from eValue8 – a resource used by purchasers to assess health plan performance. Lastly, the brief offers evidence-based resources and actions employers can take to implement a family health strategy in the workplace.

September 2012 - COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an important issue affecting employee health and productivity at work. It’s also costing employers three times more than what they spend on employees without COPD. About 70% of the 12 million people with diagnosed COPD and 12 million people with impaired lung function are under age 65. It’s also a major driver of AVOIDABLE health care costs. In 2010 the U.S. spent $29.5 billion in direct health care expenditures, with additional costs not captured in claims due to under-diagnosis and misdiagnosis. This Action Brief outlines the scope and costs of COPD; how health plans are addressing the issue based on data from eValue8 – a resource used by purchasers to track health plan performance – and actions employers can take to improve health and lower costs of their COPD population.

This Action Brief was developed in partnership with the COPD Foundation and the DRIVE4COPD Campaign.

July 2012 - Shared Decision Making
Shared decision making means patients and providers collectively making health care decisions that are: 
› informed by evidence-based options,
› weighed by potential benefits and risks, and
› considerate of the overall preferences of the patient
Particularly important when multiple treatment options exists without a clear "best" option, shared decision making relies heavily on decision aids - tools designed to engage patients in the decision making process and ensure that options are clear and guidance is balanced.
May 2012 - Value-Based Insurance Design

In 2010, the United States spent $2.6 trillion in health care expenditures with private employers footing the bill for nearly $743 billion (21%) of the costs. Despite continued frustration with rising health care costs in a seemingly unsustainable system, innovative payers and purchasers have identified a promising strategy that critically transforms the way health care services are chosen and paid for, with the goal of ultimately improving health and lowering costs.Value-based insurance design(V-BID) comprehensively addresses the way health benefits are both structured as well as utilized by employees.

March 2012 - Patient-Centered Medical Homes
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is an important strategy within larger efforts to revamp the way care is delivered and paid for. By centering an individual's health care experience around strong primary care, PCMH seeks to bring order to a health care system that is dangerously fragmented.
February 2012 - Diabetes: Costs and Opportunities
Diabetes is epidemic. Over eight percent of the U.S. workforce suffers from this disease, and a quarter of them aren't even aware that they have this condition. The number of diabetes patients is rapidly rising considering that 79 million adults over 20 years of age have pre-diabetes.
December 2011 - Weigh the Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
For appropriate candidates, bariatric surgery (e.g., gastric bypass and gastric banding) has proven to be one of the most effective and long lasting treatments for morbid obesity and the resolution of comorbidities, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea.1 An estimated 220,000 people in the United States had the surgery in 2008 alone,2 and more employers are considering the value of bariatric surgery for their eligible employees.
October 2011 - Stem the Obesity Epidemic

About one-third of U.S. adults1 and approximately 17% of children and adolescents are obese2 (a body mass index or BMI over 30). Employers must act now to mitigate the cause for overwhelming health care costs and loss of productivity associated with obesity. Employers can play a key role in improving the health and well-being of their workforce.

September 2011 - Hospital Patient Safety
Hospital-acquired conditions, readmissions and serious reportable events are significant issues impacting employee health and the health care claims costs incurred by employers. For example, $30 billion is lost annually due to avoidable costs such as longer hospital stays. Employers can play a key role in improving patient safety and reducing preventable occurrences.




 

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