MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, WA--(Marketwired - August 24, 2016) - Premera Blue Cross, Washington's leading health plan, today announced a new three-year contract with MultiCare Health System and its Accountable Care Organization, MultiCare Connected Care, focused on improving the patient experience through value-based reimbursements.
The contract is an important first step toward moving from traditional fee-for-service medicine based on volume of care delivered to a value-based model that rewards quality and focuses on improving the patient experience. Premera and MultiCare will focus on making improvements in four broad categories including patient safety, surgical site infections, hospital-acquired infections and the overall patient experience.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with MultiCare which shares our commitment to making healthcare work better. Our goal is to work with healthcare providers to improve the overall patient experience by providing financial incentives that reward great performance," said John Espinola, MD and Executive Vice President for Premera.
"We are proud to take care of members of our communities when they need health care services," said Dr Maria Granzotti MD MBA CPE CHCQM | SVP Quality Integrity Medical Affairs. "Part of that responsibility is to continually improve the services we provide to create the best experience and outcomes for each of our patients. We are excited to work with Premera as we continue on this journey."
The new contract continues to provide in-network access for Premera members to all MultiCare facilities and clinics which are located throughout Pierce and King Counties.
About Premera Blue Cross
Premera Blue Cross is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to approximately 1.9 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. The company offers innovative health and wellness solutions focused on quality outcomes for patients and controlling costs. Premera Blue Cross, which has operated in Washington since 1933, is a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
MultiCare Health System is a not-for-profit health care organization with more than 10,000 employees and a comprehensive network including Allenmore Hospital, Auburn Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Tacoma General Hospital, MultiCare Medical Associates, affiliated physicians, as well as numerous primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics and community outreach services.