States and regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) have more in common than you might think. They both share a strong interest in improving population health, are both committed to population-based health reform, are trying to improve provider and health system performance, and are using insurance claims data to do it.
So what happens when state leaders team up with their local regional health improvement collaborative?
On December 18, 2015, a live conversation between national and state leaders explored the unique partnership between state governments and regional collaboratives. Chris Koller, president of the Milbank Memorial Fund and Elizabeth Mitchell, president of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, talked about the opportunity facing states, what RHICs are, and why they are effective in advancing delivery system and payment reform. The discussion then turned to a local example, from Louisiana. Kathy Kleibert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and Cindy Munn, CEO of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum described how and why their organizations started working together and what they’ve accomplished so far. Ruth Kennedy, the Medicaid director, and JT Lane, the Assistant Secretary for Louisiana’s Office of Public Health shared their perspectives on the collaborative and what’s next in the state.
This conversation took place in light of a issue brief released by the Milbank Memorial Fund and NRHI, entitled, “When Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives and States Work Together: Lessons Learned from Health Improvement Partnerships.” Read the issue brief here.