Private Sector Claims Health Reform Success in Setting Low Premiums

A private sector partnership between insurers, hospitals and physicians says it has found the solution to healthcare coordination that federal regulators are desperately seeking. By working together and breaking down barriers, the partnership says it was able to keep premiums flat for 40,000 California state workers in the Sacramento area – saving the California Public Employees’ Retirement System $15.5 million last year.  The key, they said, was trust. “The problem is we have this kind of 18th Century model of hospitals and doctors and payers, all scattered,” said Wade Rose, vice president of external and government relations for the Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) nonprofit hospital system. “The science has moved ahead but our organizational methodology has lagged behind, so we’re trying to get a better match.”

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