Spring and fall tend to be conference season, since there is a lower risk of competition due to vacations and poor weather. Alliance staff was invited to speak at some large industry events about the work we’re doing and we received some great feedback!

I just returned from the Institute for Consumer Engagement Forum in Atlanta where I was part of a panel of business leaders who discussed strategies to engage employees. The organizers wanted The Alliance to participate because of the work we’ve done to bring cost and quality data to consumers – particularly our work to develop QualityPath. There was a lot of interest in our cooperative – where employers are working together to drive change in the market. We received strong validation from employers, providers and health plan leaders about the design of QualityPath. There was widespread interest in the program, which integrates the important goals of improving care delivery, controlling costs and engaging consumers in their health.

Mark Xistris spoke at the National Bundled Payment Summit in Washington, D.C. (a gathering of health care payment reform geeks). During the opening plenary session, experts talked about the need to take bundled payments to the next level, where purchasers and providers are prospectively sharing the financial risk to treat patients, coupled with warranties to ensure the quality of the outcome. This model creates the right incentives for high quality care delivered using only appropriate resources. Mark presented the QualityPath program, which does exactly this! The Alliance received high marks for this leading edge approach, and others in the industry are eager to learn from our experience.

As a reminder, the benefits to Alliance members of participating in QualityPath are significant – better odds of a good outcome for employees, lower, predictable costs and a warranty to protect against defects like complications and readmissions. There is no cost to participate, but enrollment is required. As an “upside only” benefit enhancement, QualityPath can be added at any time during the plan year. To learn more, contact Mike Roche, Manager of Member Services, 800.223.4139 x6645.

Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars

President & CEO at The Alliance
Cheryl DeMars joined The Alliance in 1992, assuming several roles before becoming CEO in December 2006. Cheryl works with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team to establish the strategic direction of the cooperative.

Cheryl participates in a number of national and regional initiatives that align with The Alliance’s mission of controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

Prior to joining The Alliance, Cheryl was a program manager at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cheryl DeMars

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