Leading Employers Launch Bold Payment Reform Initiative, Catalyst for Payment Reform

Suzanne Delbanco Ph.D. Named Executive Director

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, seven large employers, including six Fortune 500 companies and one state, officially launched Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). CPR is an unprecedented effort to help the largest employers work together to accelerate reforms to how we pay for health care in the U.S.

The employers, including The Boeing Company, Delta Air Lines, Equity Healthcare, GE, the Group Insurance Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Intel Corporation, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., have agreed to advocate for health care payment approaches that reduce costs and waste while spurring higher quality and to work to put such payments in place with the health insurance plans with which they contract.

In particular, these employers will be using sourcing and contracting tools that lay out a road map for changing the way we pay for health care in the U.S. CPR will provide them with tools to assess the attributes of specific markets to determine how various reforms to payment can be most effective in those locations, and will track the nation’s progress on payment reform.

CPR also announced that Suzanne Delbanco, Ph.D. has become its first executive director. As the founding and former CEO of The Leapfrog Group (2000-2007), Delbanco brings a strong track record in working with large health care purchasers to create positive change in the health care marketplace.

“The private sector needs to lead innovation and influence payment policies to ensure that public and private sector payment improves value for all. With the participation of these seven large employers and Suzanne’s direction, CPR is now poised to lead the way,” says Anna Fallieras, Program Leader, National Healthcare Initiatives, GE, who is a member of CPR’s Board.

“Now that we have laid the foundation for payment reform by agreeing on standard ways to measure health care performance, and by increasingly reporting information on performance publicly, we can begin to align incentives for better health care on a larger scale. I am thrilled to be working with leading employers who have a strong history of innovation in these areas,” says Delbanco.

CPR will be releasing tools throughout this fall, including the Market Assessment Tool and six Action Briefs that outline steps employers can take toward three types of payment reform (fee for service, bundled payments, and global payments), two types of delivery system reform (accountable care organizations and medical homes), and analyses of how the level of competition in a given market affects the rates at which purchasers and plans pay providers.

About Catalyst for Payment Reform (www.catalyzepaymentreform.org)

Catalyst for Payment Reform is an independent, non-profit corporation working on behalf of large employers to catalyze improvements to how we pay for health care in the U.S. to signal powerful expectations for better and higher-value care. Originally called the Center for Payment Reform when it was conceived in January 2009, the Pacific Business Group on Health has helped to incubate the effort and serve as a core leader; several of its employer members are actively participating. CPR is guided by a multi-stakeholder Leadership Committee of influential experts and decision makers in health care. Go to CPR’s web site to view CPR’s framework for payment reform and payment reform principles.


Catalyst for Payment Reform
Suzanne Delbanco, 510-435-2364
[email protected]

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