Over the years, MBGH has studied the impact of the value-based approaches in organizations. In 2010, a grant initiative, called the American Health Strategy Project (AHSP) was launched to support employers in better understanding the health of their company’s individual population. The grant initiative was delivered though the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) and solicited the involvement of five additional coalitions across the country as pilot locations. Each coalition self-identified their market projects. In Chicago, the MBGH project was titled the Midwest Health Strategy Project (MHSP).
This three-year collaborative supported participating employers in evaluating their company’s benefit design strategies and programs through a continuous improvement process approach that focused on improving the health of the company and better managing health benefit costs. Employers utilized, and encouraged to enhance, a set of tools that were initially developed during the Kansas City, KC2 project. The following are the project outcomes for the MBGH participating employers:
Developed internal, cross-functional health management teams to foster better engagement with senior leaders, enhanced overall work processes and provided a more effective way to accomplish mutual goals
Evaluation and streamlining of vendor partnerships in order to make more informed decisions about their health management approaches and communications
Implementation of various value-based benefit design strategies that aligned appropriate incentives with lifestyle behaviors therefore improving overall health and engagement
Ability to better track improvement in population health risk status and clinical values
Improvement in employee engagement through health risk assessments, disease management programs, the development of targeted communication strategies and creative use of wellness champions