Kaiser Permanente and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Join the HCTTF

WASHINGTON (May 22, 2018) – The Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF), a group of leading health care payers, providers, purchasers and patient organizations, announced today that Kaiser Permanente and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) have joined its membership.

With more than 40 organizations representing patients, payers, providers and purchasers, the Task Force aims to align private and public-sector efforts to transform the U.S. health care system. By developing and disseminating strategy, operational and policy recommendations, it seeks to spark rapid, measurable change across the health care landscape.

Kaiser Permanente is the largest private integrated health care delivery system in the United States, delivering care to more than 12 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, and operates the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan. Blue Cross NC is the largest health insurer in North Carolina, covering nearly 4 million lives. The company is committed to leading the shift to value-based care in North Carolina by implementing an array of value-based arrangements across all lines of business and provider types.

“These two organizations are deeply committed to value-based delivery and payment and are important additions to the Task Force. We look forward to working with both to further our goal of affordable, high-quality health care for patients,” said Jeff Micklos, Executive Director, HCTTF.

Kaiser Permanente is already a recognized leader in advancing the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs with its prepaid payment model and integrated delivery system.

“We’re pleased to join the Task Force and see it as an opportunity to share our experience aligning incentives around the delivery of high-quality, cost-effective treatment,” said Anthony Barrueta, Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Kaiser Permanente. “Our 70-year collaboration between our health plan and medical groups has taught us a lot about the development of meaningful, real time, and actionable quality and performance information and transparency of performance data, with internal and external benchmarks, and, perhaps most critically – effective implementation.”

“Blue Cross NC looks forward to bringing its energy and perspective from this geographically and culturally diverse state to the Task Force and learning from the tremendous depth of Task Force members’ experiences,” said Rahul Rajkumar, MD, JD, Chief Medical Officer, of Blue Cross NC.

As members of the Task Force, Kaiser Permanente and Blue Cross NC join an alliance that shares deep operational expertise and experience while offering a strong policy voice on value-based payment and care delivery. The Task Force’s Board of Directors meets quarterly and oversees six work groups that meet monthly to address a variety of consumer-centered, value-based payment topics.

ABOUT HEALTH CARE TRANSFORMATION TASK FORCE

Health Care Transformation Task Force is a unique collaboration of patients, payers, providers and purchasers working to lead a sweeping transformation of the health care system. By transitioning to value-based models that support the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs, the Task Force is committed to accelerating the transformation to value in health care. To learn more, visit WWW.HCTTF.ORG.

TASK FORCE MEMBERS: Aetna • agilon health • Aledade •  American Academy of Family Physicians •  Anthem, Inc. • ApolloMed • Archway Health  • Ascension • Atrius Health • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina • Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina •  CareCentrix  • ChenMed • Cleveland Clinic  • Community Catalyst • ConcertoHealth • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health • Dignity Health • Encompass Health • Evolent Health • Greenville Health System • Heritage Provider Network • HRHCare • Kaiser Permanente • Mark McClellan • National Health Law Program • National Partnership for Women & Families • New Mexico Health Connections • OSF HealthCare • Pacific Business Group on Health • Partners Healthcare • Patientping • Premier • Remedy Partners • SCL Health •  The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice • Trinity Health • Tucson Medical Center • Washington State Health Care Authority  • UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

 About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to share.kaiserpermanente.org.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina improves the health and well-being of our customers and communities through innovative health care products, insurance, services and information to more than 3.8 million members, including approximately 1 million served on behalf of other Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plans. Since 1933, we have worked to make North Carolina a better place to live through our support of community organizations, programs and events that promote good health. Blue Cross NC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Visit Blue Cross NC online at bcbsnc.com. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.