MADISON, Wis. (Oct. 26, 2018) – Upland Hills Health have met the national quality measures and adopted processes that improve care for patients to become QualityPath providers for colonoscopies.

The Alliance is adding colonoscopies to QualityPath as part of efforts to help employers emphasize the value of colorectal cancer screening for employees and their family members that are covered by a health plan that uses The Alliance network to access health care. The Alliance also provides employers with a white paper on colorectal cancer screening that identifies cost-effective approaches and recommends additional resources.

The Alliance developed QualityPath for colonoscopies with one of eight Purchaser Value Network (PVN) grants made nationwide with funding provided by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for regional business coalitions implementing innovative practices in value-based purchasing and health care payment reform. PVN is an initiative of the Pacific Business Group on Health, San Francisco, Calif.

Launched in 2015, the QualityPath program currently guides patients to high-quality providers for CT and MRI scans and knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.

QualityPath offers these benefits:

  • Doctors, hospitals and clinics meet national quality measures and adopt practices that lead to better outcomes.
  • A bundled price covers most elements of surgeries and tests. For patients that means low outof-pocket costs – sometimes nothing!
  • A warranty covers complications or repeat tests.
  • A patient experience manager guides surgical patients.
  • Online tools and information provide additional support
  • Shared decision-making reduces unnecessary care.
  • A toolkit helps employers tell employees about the advantages.

Employers who are members of The Alliance can enroll in QualityPath, which is then offered to employees and family members enrolled in health plans that use The Alliance network. A list of participating doctors, hospitals and clinics is available on The Alliance website (www.the-alliance.org).

The Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative that moves health care forward by controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. Members include more than 240 self-funded employers and multiemployer plans in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

Alliance President and CEO Cheryl DeMars is available for interviews on request.