In late January when I presented to the American Hospital Association's Board of Trustees on Redefining the H, I focused on Value-Based Care Delivery through Total Patient Revenue. That morning, the first speaker was Joe Swedish, the CEO of WellPoint, one of the nation's largest insurers. He spoke refreshingly of WellPoint reaching out to providers and working together to jointly manage the care of patients. Yesterday, WellPoint announced that they will be working with Emory Healthcare in Atlanta revamping the care of Medicaid patients. Joe, a former health system CEO, is walking the talk as he is forging ties with providers across the U.S. in WellPoint markets.
What WellPoint is doing is exactly what WMHS has been doing for the last three years, but we have been doing it alone. It would be helpful to have a partner from the insurance side; and we do in our relationship with Aetna through Maryland Physicians Care, but no where near this magnitude. Maybe, it's time for a change.