We believe a small group of purchasers can solve big problems

Catalyst for Payment Reform knows from experience that many of the toughest challenges facing health care purchasers can’t be solved alone.  We created Collaboratives to help innovative health care purchasers work alongside peers and industry experts to share experiences, test solutions, and develop an action plan.

What is a Collaborative?

A Collaborative is a small group of 5-8 employers or other health care purchasers working together over the course of a year to tackle a specific health care purchasing challenge. Here’s what you can expect from the Collaborative Experience:

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


Our work is underway!

We are currently running multiple Collaboratives designed to tackle topics that are top of mind for employers. Stay tuned for updates on how the work is unfolding. As each Collaborative wraps up, CPR will spotlight lessons learned and share tools resulting from our work.

  • Collaborative 1:  How can we hold health plans accountable for ACO performance?
  • Collaborative 2:  How can we identify high-value strategies and solutions for mental health?
  • Collaborative 3:  How can we effectively communicate high-value health care to employees?
  • Collaborative 4: How can employers evaluate how to navigate the potential benefits and unintended consequences of genetic testing?
  • Collaborative 5: How can we address the rising costs of substance use disorders and ensure patients are getting needed care?


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 [email protected]


Preparing employers for genetic testing & screening benefits

Myriad genetic testing & screening companies are approaching employers today. Genetic technologies can give employees and their providers great insight into key health indicators or therapeutic options.  How should employers evaluate how to navigate the potential benefits and unintended consequences? In this collaborative, we will educate employers about this benefit, develop tools to review options, and use these tools in meetings with genetic testing vendors.

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Helping employers implement substance abuse solutions

Substance abuse touches approximately 2 million Americans and about 7 in 10 employers have felt the impact. Join us in this collaborative as we explore access to care issues, benefit design solutions, and better clinical management of this health care and disability cost driver.  Through the collaborative, we’ll aim to develop and roll out immediate and mid-term solutions for employer-purchasers.

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