A Call for Public Comment: V-BID Self-Insured Employer Manual


Freedman HealthCare, in partnership with Drs. Mark Fendrick and Michael Chernew of VBID Health LLC, and Dr. Bruce Landon, have collaborated to develop a Value-Based Insurance Design Employer Manual for self-insured employers on behalf of the Connecticut State Innovation Model Program Management Office and Connecticut Office of the State Comptroller. This manual is just one product of the State Innovation Model Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) initiative to expand V-BID plan offerings and to increase the uptake of V-BID among all employers by 2020. V-BID is an innovative insurance strategy that seeks to improve health and control rising health care costs by promoting the use of high value services and providers through consumer incentives. V-BID has received national attention and has been implemented by several major employers, such as Marriott International, Lowes, and Pitney Bowes, as well as various city and state governments, who have found the plans to be successful in improving health outcomes and providing higher quality, more cost-effective healthcare for their employees. The Manual offers employers a customizable template to self-insured employers for designing a V-BID plan and is currently posted for public comment until September 13, 2016. We encourage you to read the Employer Manual and, if so compelled, to offer any comments.

This project is supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1G1-14-001 from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

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