PBGH Launches Primary Care Collaborative to Improve Chronic Disease Care in a Virtual Setting

San Francisco, March 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Purchaser Business Group on Health (PBGH), a nonprofit coalition of nearly 40 large, private employers and public health care purchasers committed to transforming health care nationwide, today announced a new program designed to improve care for patients with chronic disease within the primary care setting by fully optimizing the tools of virtual health care.

CalHIVE (Health. Impact. Value. Engagement.) Network, builds on a successful four-year Practice Transformation Initiative operated by PBGH’s California Quality Collaborative (CQC) program, and is funded by CVS Health with a three-year, $5,550,000 grant. This grant is part of CVS Health’s commitment to investing in California’s health care delivery system, reflected in the November 2018 agreement between CVS Health and California’s Department of Managed Health Care. Focused on improving clinical outcomes for patients with diabetes and asthma, the CalHIVE program will offer dynamic learning events, individualized coaching and analytics support to transform primary care practices to enable patient-centered care delivered virtually.

Participating organizations serve over 750,000 patients across California’s Central Valley and Inland Empire, where patients with diabetes and asthma have poorer clinical outcomes compared to the rest of the state. CQC will work with the following seven provider organizations representing 1,300 clinicians through September 2022:

“We’re very excited about the CalHIVE Network and want to recognize CVS Health’s investment in primary care within California. Our programming will support these primary care practices to provide patient-centered telehealth during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency as well as improving chronic condition outcomes for patients across California,” said Elizabeth Mitchell, president and CEO of Purchaser Business Group on Health.

“Ensuring patients have access to primary and preventative care is critical, especially for people managing chronic diseases,” said Kristen Miranda, California Market President, Aetna, a CVS Health Company. “Increasing access to these services, particularly with virtual care, helps close the gaps in care that exist for those in significant need.”

Since the inception of PBGH’s California Quality Collaborative program in 2007, it has worked with major health plans and California medical groups to coordinate scalable and measurable improvement in care delivery that benefit patients, health care purchasers and providers. CQC’s pioneering Practice Transformation Initiative demonstrated that when physician practices were supported to offer optimal primary care, not only did patient outcomes improve, but $345 million was saved by avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

For more information about CQC, visit www.pbgh.org/program/california-quality-collaborative.




About Purchaser Business Group on Health. PBGH is a nonprofit coalition representing nearly 40 private employers and public entities across the U.S. that collectively spend $100 billion annually purchasing health care services for more than 15 million Americans and their families. PBGH has a 30-year track record of incubating new, disruptive operational programs in partnership with large employers and other health care purchasers. Our initiatives are designed to test innovative methods and scale successful approaches that lower health care costs and increase quality across the U.S. Find out more about our strategies at www.pbgh.org.


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