In its first three months, the V-BID Registry has gathered details on 50 V-BID programs across the US. Visit www.vbidregistry.org to learn about these examples and to add your V-BID program to the listing. Your feedback on this resource is very welcome, and please be in touch if you have any questions would like assistance with the registry.
|NJ bill: V-BID for state employees|
In New Jersey, a promising bill has been introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Assemblyman Herb Conaway which would create a 3-year pilot program to treat state employees' chronic conditions using value-based insurance design principles. The pilot would target diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and high cholesterol, and would provide participants with free doctor visits and pharmacist consultations, medications and supplies, testing and education for diagnosing and treating their targeted condition.
|IOM Commentary supports V-BID|
| || An IOM Commentary by the University of Southern California's Leonard Schaeffer and Dana Goldman touts the promise of a value-based approach to healthcare: "VBID shows promise as a key strategy to help move the nation toward a health care system that rewards value."|
|New V-BID Center Brief on Employee Benefit Reform|
| The V-BID Center has developed a new brief to explain the role of V-BID in employee benefit reform, as the latest in our online resources to assist states in understanding and implementing V-BID.|
Millions of government employees receive health care through a state or local government insurance plan. Unfortunately, employers and employees face rising premiums, co-payments, and deductibles, difficult economic circumstances, and seemingly few mutually agreeable solutions. V-BID is one idea that has attracted bipartisan support and has been implemented as a proactive measure to improve plan value over the long term-improving health as well as potentially adding to states' savings.
|Center comments on Essential Health Benefits |
In response to a December 2011 HHS Bulletin on Essential Benefits
allowing states to select their own benefits packages, the Center
submitted a letter of comment
. The letter expresses the Center's hope
that benefit and cost-sharing mandates will remain flexible, to allow
varying patient copayments and coinsurance rates so that consumers
have access to a range of health-improving incentives.
|Center Advisory Board Member testifies on value of V-BID|
Lewis Sandy, MD, Senior Vice President for Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth Group, and V-BID Center Advisory Board Member, testified at the US House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means on February 27. Dr. Sandy emphasized that it is important for stakeholders to work together to implement integrated and comprehensive performance measurement programs. He noted that these programs - when implemented in conjunction with payment reforms that provide financial incentives based on quality and cost-efficiency measures, delivery system reforms, patient centered transparency programs, and value based insurance designs - will empower patients and ensure that they are financially rewarded for making decisions that result in higher quality and cost-effective outcomes.