The Value Care Alliance (VCA) is a collaboration among high quality, low cost Connecticut health care systems. This includes hospitals and organized physician groups working together to enhance efficient, coordinated care and promote local governance with shared leadership on decisions affecting healthcare delivery.
Through clinical integration (CI), physicians and hospitals will work collaboratively to standardize care based on evidence-based protocols in order to reduce care variation, thereby increasing quality and reducing cost. Alliance members will make investments in infrastructure needed to enable quality and efficiency gains, reduce costs, and ensure patient safety at each member organization.
Improved Patient Experience
A primary goal of the Alliance is to encourage and enable consumers to plan an active role in their care and well being to ensure a high level of engagement and an outstanding experience for patients and their families. The Alliance will strive to create a healthcare experience that builds loyalty and trust by offering a system of care that includes coordinated care, clinical excellence, choice, convenience, consistency and enhanced customer service.
The Alliance has launched four Advisory Committees:
- The Clinical Integration Advisory Committee is developing standard quality and cost metrics and will provide oversight to each organization’s performance and improvement efforts
- The Information Technology Advisory Committee is examining technology and data platforms to allow for the analysis and seamless exchange of clinical and financial information necessary for successful population health management
- The Shared Services Advisory Committee is identifying clinical and administrative services that can be shared to save dollars and improve quality as well as ancillary services that compliment an integrated system of care
- The Payer Contracting Advisory Committee is exploring payer contracting opportunities that are aligned with the mission and vision of the Alliance.
Benefits to Patients
The VCA represents a lower cost, high-quality option for patients, employers and payers. With the favorable geographic distribution of our participating providers, patients will have easy access to both ambulatory and inpatient care. Collaborative efforts on computer technology will allow for the timely exchange of patient information that will improve outcomes and prevent duplication or over-utilization of health care services. Working together, member hospitals and affiliated physicians across the region will consistently apply best medical practices. Shared services will be designed to carve out costs among member organizations and add value for patients, employers and payers.
Initiatives to improve performance that involve the sharing of best practices may engage VCA member hospital employees in the implementation of techniques to improve the delivery and cost of care. The Alliance will be devoted to capturing opportunities to reduce or share costs in areas such as supplies, contracted services and information technology.
Benefits of the Alliance
Alliances provide community hospitals with the option to remain independent with local control over governance rather than being acquired or merging with an existing system and being subject to that System’s needs. Creating an alliance allows its members to take advantage of the benefits of scale, share best practices and pursue efficiencies while addressing local market needs.