David Lansky, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH
), San Francisco, CA
Earlier this year PBGH
issued a report showing that patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in Pittsburgh were more likely than similar patients throughout the country to receive Alc (76.6% versus 73.8%), blood glucose (88.6% versus 86.7%) and serum cholesterol (87.2% versus 83.9%) as well as ophthalmologic (69.9% versus 69.4%) tests.
Although active in performance measurement in numerous regions across the country, most of the performance measurement activities undertaken in the California area are coordinated through PBGH
. Due to time contraints, PBGH
declined to participate; however, supplemental information regarding PBGH
initiatives was obtained.
Using PharmaCare to manage its prescription drug program resulted in a 2005 overall program cost increase of less than 1%, PBGH
has had a clear impact on measuring and managing quality, but participating employers still offer their employees a limited choice of plans in traditional health benefits programs.
The survey was conducted as part of a multi-employer group effort led by the PBGH
. Plans were ranked based on a score of 0 to 100 and were presented in quartiles in the quality report.
"For five years we've been proud to deliver PBGH
members promised savings through innovative trend- and cost-management activities," explained Greg Weishar, president and chief executive officer of PharmaCare, earlier this year.
's Prescription Drug Program, in partnership with PharmaCare, has negotiated better pricing, as well as guarantees and dedicated service teams, for prescription drug benefits on behalf of its member companies.
The analysis uses data collected in 1996 by the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH
), a large nonprofit business coalition of 47 private and public sector purchasers of health care.
The AOS was initiated by the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH
) a health care purchasing coalition in California, and HealthNet, a California-based health plan, to evaluate, improve, and report on the quality of asthma care at the physician group level (Masland et al.
The department is now building the first state-sponsored report card with the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH
The Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH
), a large nonprofit business coalition of 47 private and public sector purchasers of health care represents approximately three million employees, dependents, and retirees, and $4 billion in annual health care expenditures (Pacific Business Group on Health 1989) with most of its members' employees and dependents enrolled in health maintenance organizations (HMOs), point of service (POS), or preferred provider organization (PPO) plans (Damberg and Bloomfield 1997; Pacific Business Group on Health Online 2002).