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October, 2010 Update from the V-BID Center
Greetings from the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design and welcome to our first e-newsletter.  
The V-BID Center is promoting, implementing and evaluating value-based programs, and we welcome your participation and feedback.  If you have news to add or would like additional information, please be in touch at vbidcenter.umich.edu or 734-615-9635.
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Health Reform Includes V-BID in Preventive Services

On September 23, six months after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) was enacted, regulations that eliminate cost-sharing for certain preventive services came into effect.  These provisions advance a key V-BID tenet: financial barriers for high-value services should be reduced or eliminated. 


In particular, the regulations implementing Section 2713(c) of the PPACA highlight value-based insurance design as a means to deliver preventive services, which is likely to result in more clinically effective healthcare and, ultimately, improvements in Americans' health. 


Center faculty have been actively engaged in the implementation of the PPACA.  In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding the regulation, Center faculty applauded the promotion of V-BID and provided further guidance on V-BID approaches.  They also recommended expanding the role of V-BID beyond primary preventive services to include high-value secondary preventive services.


On September 15, V-BID Center faculty joined other healthcare leaders in an expert panel for the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission [MedPAC] addressing the role of V-BID to improve health outcomes among Medicare recipients.

                  Read 2010 MedPAC Report to Congress on V-BID
V-BID Center's Fendrick Appointed to IOM Committee
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V-BID Center Co-Director A. Mark Fendrick, MD has been appointed to the Institute of Medicine Committee on Geographic Variation in Spending and Promotion of High-Value Care.
The Committee will guide research into variation in healthcare spending, and the IOM will recommend changes to specific Medicare payment systems that would promote high-value care, especially for high-volume, high-cost conditions.   
Group Health Awarded $2 Million Grant to Study V-BID
Group Health Research Institute will study impacts of V-BID design seeking to "improve the health of employees as the best way to avoid costs associated with obesity, depression, lower back pain, cardiovascular conditions and so on."
V-BID Center Welcomes New Staff
In this dynamic climate of health reform, the Center is growing to stay on top of new V-BID knowledge and to effectively share that knowledge across the healthcare, government, and academic sectors, as well as the general public.  We welcome Tracy Swinburn, Program Manager, and Alison Weiss, Policy Analyst, to the Center. 
Recent Publications
Aligning Incentives and Systems makes the business value case for employers and offers steps employers can take to implement V-BID and Patient Centered Medical Homes.  "This white paper is a tool for employers to evaluate the elements that make these two models work together as a whole that is greater than its individual parts," said Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.
Other Center News
The V-BID Center presents at conferences and meetings across the U.S. to employers, academics, policy-makers and healthcare leaders. 
Advisory Board
The Center's Advisory Board is expanding; we'd like to welcome Dania Palanker, Service Employees International Union, and Mark Lelinski, AstraZeneca.
We'd like to acknowledge our latest supporter, Genentech, for their contribution to the Center.
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