Strong partnerships among health plans and providers improves the adoption of evidence-based care for patients, according to a new report released today from the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), which included UCare practices in its 18-month study. 

The report, “Accelerating Adoption of Evidence Based Care: Payer-Provider Partnerships,” illustrates how collaboration among health plans, physicians and communities speeds medical evidence from the lab room to the exam room. The report also finds that community health plans like UCare have a unique ability to influence clinician behavior, aiding in adoption of evidence-based health interventions and delivering higher quality care. 

“Caring for patients means ensuring that we deliver on the latest, life-saving, medical breakthroughs,” said Ceci Connolly, president and CEO, ACHP. "We know that scientists around the world are making new medical discoveries, but it can take decades for the related treatments and protocols to reach patients. Nonprofit, community health plans know how to accelerate the adoption of evidence in patient care.”

With researchers estimating that the universe of medical knowledge doubles every three months, and that it takes an average of 17 years for that knowledge to make its way to the point of care, ACHP recognized the need for new strategies to help clinicians. “Accelerating Adoption of Evidence Based Care: Payer-Provider Partnerships” is a culmination of an 18-month study of nonprofit, provider-aligned community health plans across the country, including UCare.

“We found that deploying a multidisciplinary team positively impacts the health of the communities we serve,” said Mark Traynor, president and CEO, UCare. “Our recent initiative with a local children’s hospital addresses socio-economic challenges faced by patients and connects them to community resources to provide an ecosystem of support – especially around food insecurity – for healthier outcomes.” 

The report identifies five best practices that other health plans and health systems of all sizes and models can employ to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based care. It provides detailed case studies from health organizations across the country – including UCare’s partnership with a local children’s hospital on a multidisciplinary care model – that illustrate the best practices in action to build consensus and commitment to change, create a team that includes the necessary skill sets, perspectives and staff roles, customize education, tools and access to specialized knowledge for physicians and for patients, share timely and accurate data and feedback in a culture of transparency, accountability and healthy competition and align financial investments with clinical and patient experience goals.

The new report, case studies and related materials can be found at www.transforming-care.org.

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