Discern VP Erik Muther Contributes to Health Plan Collaboration Report

May 2019

Erik Muther
Erik Muther

The Milbank Memorial Fund published a report on how competitor health plans can collaborate. One of three regions featured in the article is the greater Philadelphia area, where Discern Vice President Erik Muther acts as the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) convener.

The convener role can be essential to successful collaboration if a region’s health plans have had limited experience in partnering together or they are direct competitors. Conveners help to establish guiding principles, create decision-making protocols and work with health plans to develop a shared vision statement and goals. The report underscores that transforming primary care is not going to put health plans at a competitive advantage or disadvantage, so it is better to work together when possible to support providers in the transition from volume to value.

Read the report executive summary here.

Read the “Primary Care Transformation: Can Competitors Collaborate” issue brief here.

For more information, please contact Erik Muther at emuther@discernhealth.com.

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