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Webinar: Coordinating Public Sector Health Care Purchasing

09/24/13     ,

Sept. 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m. PT

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) puts three of California's largest public purchasers of health care services — Covered California (California's ACA-compliant health benefit marketplace), the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), and the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) — in a stronger position to coordinate their buying power.

States have long been interested in this type of alignment, hoping that enhanced market leverage would lead to lower costs and better health care quality. But few such efforts have been sustained. State government bodies are often reluctant to coordinate with one another without a mandate to do so, and the regular turnover in governmental leadership can stymie progress. State purchasers also differ significantly in their missions, covered populations and services, and contractors, further complicating alignment.

Despite these challenges, some states have effectively coordinated purchasing efforts, and in the case of Minnesota, sustained that activity over time. Learn how California state entities can leverage their purchasing power to influence health care cost and value from Michael Bailit, MBA, president of Bailit Health Purchasing and author of the new CHCF report, "All Together Now: Coordinating California's Public Sector Health Care Purchasing."

Register now for this webinar. The webinar is open to all interested participants.