NBCH's primary tool to achieve this result in behavioral healthcare is "eValue8," an electronic survey that captures voluntarily reported data and evaluates the performance of more than 250 health plans nationwide.
Despite the limited scope of the eValue8 instrument, NBCH is discovering that most health plans fail to identify employees with behavioral health diagnoses.
"Although these statistics reveal there's a lot of work to be done, the good news is that employers are finally asking health plans the right questions," according to Andrew Webber, president and CEO of NBCH. "These new data will be invaluable to employers and as businesses set performance expectations of their plans and measure and reward high-quality healthcare, care improves."
The OPM, Washington Business Group on Health (WGBH), and the NBCH were interviewed.
The NBCH is a national organization that brings regional business coalitions together.
"Like politics, health care is local," asserts Greg Lehman, president and chief executive officer of the NBCH, which represents over 7,000 large and small businesses.
Regional employer health care coalitions across the country have joined with the NBCH to strengthen their impact on local markets and to manage quality better.
Although generic substitution and preferred drug status are still highly used by benefit managers, such use has begun to taper off in favor of other strategies, according to Gregg Lehman, president and chief executive officer of the NBCH
, an organization of 90 employer-led coalitions across the country.
And the NBCH as well as regional employer coalitions are concerned that as the workforce ages the use of drugs will increase accordingly.
For example, the NBCH, whose 8,000 employer members include Dayton Hudson Corp.