Healt Plan Leaders’ Statements About VBC

Health Plans

“The patient-centered medical home has served as a catalyst and organizing philosophy to refine our state care delivery system. It has brought stakeholders from both the public and private sector together to organize around a philosophy of care delivery that brings value to our citizens. This model serves to create value in our health care system through improving the quality of care delivered to patients and maximizing the value of each health care dollar spent.”

–Julie Schilz, R.N., B.S.N., IPIP, Director, Patient Centered Care, Wellpoint

“The patient-centered medical home encourages strong, meaningful relationships among families, their physicians and care teams, and their health plans. The result is care that is accessible, continuous, and compassionate with care deliverers and patients working together. In this model, patients are better empowered and ultimately can make more informed health care decisions for themselves and their families. The patient-centered medical home is a core tenet in ‘The Pathway to Covering America,’ the Blue Cross and Blue Shield recommendations to Congress and the American people for a better health care system for the future.”

–Scott P. Serota, President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

“The patient-centered medical home represents a pro-active approach to guiding patients as they take a more active role in managing their own health and medical conditions. Creating a health care team with the patient at the center involves many challenges ranging from enhanced information support at the time of service to improving communication and educational skills.”

 –Thomas Simmer, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

“We believe the patient-centered medical home model is a promising approach that facilitates moving from a fragmented health care system to a more coordinated system, improving satisfaction for our customers and their primary care providers.”

–Jeff Kang, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President & Wellness Services, Walgreens

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