Catalyst for Payment Reform


We believe a small group of purchasers can solve big problems

CPR knows from experience that many of the toughest challenges facing employers today can’t be solved alone.  CPR helps purchasers work with their peers and industry experts to share experiences, identify solutions, and develop a path forward.

What is an Employer Collaborative?

A Collaborative is a small workgroup of employers and other health care purchasers seeking to tackle a specific health care purchasing challenge or learn more about a specific topic. Here’s what you can expect from the Collaborative experience:

  • Join forces.Work alongside innovative peers facing the same challenge.
  • Share experiences and learn from others.Hear directly from seasoned employers and learn from each other as you determine your own path forward.
  • Access to subject matter experts.Collaborative participants have access to a dedicated expert who will provide group consulting and technical assistance.
  • Develop an Action Plan.Walk away with custom tools, materials, or a clear design, implementation, or evaluation plan, so you can take steps to implement your strategy at your organization.

Collaboratives Currently Underway

Multiple Collaboratives are underway.  Check back regularly for updates on how the work is unfolding. As each Collaborative wraps up, CPR will spotlight insights and share generalized tools resulting from our work.

Collaborative on Purchaser Sharing and Solutions in the Mental Health Space

Launched in Q4 2020.

Collaborative 7: High-Value Program Utilization

Launched in Q1 2020.

Completed Collaboratives

Topic-specific tools and resources. Check out our Tool Library for more.

Collaborative 6: Advancing Effective Bundled Payment

Toolkit to help employer-purchasers evaluate bundled payment solutions now available

Collaborative 5: Tackling Substance Use Disorders

How-To-Guide on tackling SUD, including tobacco, alcohol, and opioids now available.

Collaborative 4: Risks and Opportunities of Genetic Testing

How-To-Guide to help employers navigate genetic testing now available!

Collaborative 3: Communicating High-Value Health Care to Employees

Toolkit for communicating to employees about high-value health care now available!

Collaborative 2: Identifying High-Value Mental Health Strategies

How-To-Guide and Specifications to evaluate mental health solutions now available!

Collaborative 1: Accountable Care Organizations

SPARC toolkit released September 2017!

Please note:

There is a fee for participating in our Collaboratives, which is determined based on the duration, format, and structure of each effort.  This fee is used its in entirety to help offset the cost that Catalyst for Payment Reform incurs by facilitating these Collaboratives on an ongoing basis, i.e. includes content development, meeting facilitation, and subject matter expertise.

If you would like to learn more about these efforts or get involved in a future Collaborative, please contact Ryan Olmstead, Director of Member Services, at

Our Collaboratives are supported by the Peterson Center on Healthcare as part of an initiative to help employers be more effective purchasers of healthcare. Learn more.