MADISON, Wis. (Oct. 4, 2016) – QualityPath has expanded to include CT and MRI scans for employers using The Alliance network who are focused on improving the value of health care. At the same time, it has expanded the number of doctors, hospitals and clinics who are providing care through QualityPath.
The Alliance today announced designated doctors, clinics and hospitals for surgeries and tests that will be offered through QualityPath in 2017.
Five hospitals and clinics met the quality standards for designation to provide CTs and MRIs through QualityPath beginning Jan. 1, 2017.They are:
QualityPath also continues to link patients to hospitals and doctors that, when working together, provide high-quality care for the surgeries of knee replacement, total hip replacement and coronary artery bypass graft (heart bypass graft). These hospitals and doctors meet the quality standards for designation as of Jan. 1, 2017:
Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis., is the only participating facility that has achieved designation for all surgeries and tests offered through the QualityPath program.
QualityPath is a two-year-old Alliance program that guides people to high-quality care while delivering savings to the employers who sponsor their health benefits. The Alliance is a cooperative that purchases health care on behalf of 240 employers and other organizations with self-funded health benefit plans in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.
Outpatient CT and MRI scans were added to the program because:
Experts praise QualityPath for addressing quality for CT and MRI scans (see link to quotes below).
To date, Alliance employers have saved over $250,000 by guiding people covered by their health plans to high-quality care through QualityPath. In addition to guiding people to high-quality care, QualityPath prevents unnecessary care by urging doctors and patients to make better decisions, together.
Patients who are on a traditional health plan get 100 percent coverage when they use QualityPath for surgeries and tests (savings differ for patients on a plan that uses a health savings account).