CPR Membership & Becoming a Member

CPR and its membership of progressive employers, other health care purchasers, and benefits consultants are committed to implementing strategies that produce higher value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace.

Since 2010, CPR has had an outsized influence on the market by:

  • Pushing health plans to implement value-oriented payment: In 2010, 1-3% of health care dollars were tied to quality.  Today, we estimate 60%+ of health care dollars include a quality component.   
  • Pushing for greater price and quality transparency: In 2012, our Statement was the catalyst for greater price and quality transparency.  Now, federal regulations are in place providing guideposts for implementation.
  • Fighting growing provider market power: CPR has written amicus briefs for the FTC against specific provider mergers, served as an expert witness for the U.S. Department of Justice, and was cited in the court’s judgment against Sutter Health’s request to delay finalizing a settlement in an antitrust case brought by the state of California and a class of employers for anticompetitive practices. 
  • And more…

Bottom line:  We’re a small, scrappy nonprofit holding the marketplace accountable on behalf of employer-purchasers and those who use health care.

CPR Membership Eligibility:

We invite the following organization types to CPR membership:

  • Private employers;
  • Public purchasers;
  • State-based health insurance marketplaces or exchanges;
  • Organizations buying comprehensive health care services on behalf of multiple employers (e.g., union-sponsored multi-employer health funds), that do not act in a health plan or third-party administrator capacity
  • Benefits consulting firms.

* Organizations must receive two-thirds or more of their revenue or funding from sources other than the health care industry.

CPR Membership Benefits and Commitments:

Your annual membership contribution comes with the following benefits: 

  • Resources and intelligence:
    • Access to CPR’s plug-and-play high-value purchasing toolkits and how-to guides
    • Access to CPR’s research, including case studies, report cards, scorecards, and policy and other white papers;
    • Access to CPR education, including event recordings and online courses;
    • Access to CPR’s scorecards evaluating vendors and products;
    • Progress reports on key purchaser priority areas during health plan and PBM user group meetings
  • Activities and events:
    • Members only meetings that include peer-to-peer strategy discussions, presentations from academic and industry experts, and previews of CPR’s projects;
    • Health plan and PBM user group meetings for which CPR members set the agenda;
    • Annual member meeting, during which members direct CPR on its strategy and set the shared employer-purchaser agenda for the following year;
    • Complimentary access to CPR’s live events, including webinars and virtual summits;
  • Consulting and support:
    • Expert advice and ad hoc support on high value purchasing strategies;
    • Participation in CPR collaboratives/committees on topics of interest to members;
    • Member surveying and “match-making”;
    • Discounted access to a geographical market assessment conducted by CPR staff;
  • Regular communications and content:
    • CPR Weekly newsletter registration;
    • CPR’s written blog and podcast (Listening In (With Permission);
    • Member-specific communications;
    • Updates about and opportunities offered by CPR’s coalition partners.

We also ask members to commit to the following:

  • Regularly attend and participate during member meetings;
  • Regularly attend and participate during meetings with health plans and PBMs;
  • Be vocal about the need to reform payment and other aspects of the health care system;
  • Send consistent signals to the marketplace by using CPR’s health plan RFI questions, model health plan contract language, renewal questions, and other CPR health care purchasing tools whenever possible;

CPR Membership Dues:

In addition to the benefits cited above, your membership contribution helps CPR continue to have an outsized impact on the health care marketplace on behalf of employer-purchasers.  The cost of annual dues varies based on your organization type.

Conflicts of Interest:

At CPR, we hold ourselves to a higher standard.  We avoid conflicts of interest at all costs and are transparent about potential conflicts of interest.  Ways we avoid conflicts include:

  • We don’t offer membership to purchasers who receive one-third or more of their revenue or funding from the health care industry.
  • We don’t endorse specific vendors or products.
  • We set the agenda of all of our events before soliciting sponsorships.
  • We don’t charge vendors an entry fee to participate in our vendor and product evaluations.
  • We maintain editorial control over our content.

Take the Next Step:

Are you ready to collaborate with an independent organization that will fight for you and your plan members, and support your purchasing efforts?  Please reach out!  We’re ready to support you and the other decision-makers at your organization and welcome you to CPR!

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