Heywood Healthcare joins Independent Massachusetts Hospital Systems to launch Value Alliance

  • Win Brown

Published: 4/21/2019 9:50:14 AM

GARDNER – Heywood Healthcare has joined a coalition of 10 Massachusetts health systems, including 12 other hospitals, to form the Massachusetts Value Alliance (MVA) to enhance efforts in delivering high quality, patient-centered and cost-effective care to the communities throughout the state.

The member hospitals of the MVA collectively represent the second largest health care network in Massachusetts, with a combined $3.1 billion in total revenue and are the largest collaboration of independent healthcare providers in the Commonwealth. The 10 member systems span the breadth of Massachusetts geographically, and serve approximately two million people in their combined market areas.

The MVA was founded in 2016 by Emerson Hospital, Sturdy Memorial Hospital and South Shore Health System. Membership has continued to grow and now also includes Berkshire Health Systems, Harrington HealthCare System, Holyoke Medical Center, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Healthcare and Southcoast Health in addition to Heywood Healthcare. Each MVA member shares a commitment to delivering coordinated, high quality care while focusing on cost-efficient operations.

The specific goals of the MVA include the development of group purchasing and shared service arrangements; identification and sharing of best practices to enhance each organization’s ability to affect and lower the total cost of care while enhancing the quality of care; support for the development of population health management and care coordination skill sets and capabilities; and studying the feasibility of working with insurance companies and other payers to develop and/or participate in value-based network insurance products.

To date, the MVA has worked to facilitate cost savings for its member organizations through group purchasing of services, including reference lab services and employee health benefits.

Other initiatives are underway, including several MVA hospitals working together on the selection and implementation of a common electronic medical record platform. “Our largest cost-saving initiative through the MVA has been partnering with both Harrington and Holyoke Hospitals to select and implement a new Electronic Medical Records system, now in the design phase,” said Win Brown, President and CEO of Heywood Healthcare. “With this strong alliance with other healthcare institutions across the state, we can continue to work together to lower costs and enhance efficiencies, so we can continue what we do best: deliver high quality care to residents throughout the Commonwealth.”

The specific goals of the MVA include:

• The development of group purchasing and shared service arrangements;

• Identification and sharing of best practices to enhance each organization’s ability to affect and lower the total cost of care while enhancing the quality of care; and

• Support for the development of population health management and care coordination skill sets and capabilities.

To date, the MVA has worked to facilitate cost savings for its member organizations through group purchasing of services, including reference lab services and employee health benefits.

Other initiatives are under way, including several MVA hospitals working together on the selection and implementation of a common electronic medical record platform.

The MVA is governed by a board of directors and operates on a shared decision-making platform.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Value Alliance, please visit www.massvaluealliance.org.


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