Three years ago the Kansas City Collaborative began as a pilot program to help employers work with their health insurers to improve the health of their employees. Using value-based benefit design, employers identified health benefits and wellness programs with track records of delivering high quality, evidence-based, cost-effective care.
KC2, as it is known locally, recruited 15 employers with 400,000 employees to participate, including H&R Black, Sprint, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the City of Kansas City. The collaborative is led by the Mid-American Coalition on Health Care. The effort is supported by the National Business Coalition on Health and Pfizer Inc.
The pilot program is winding down and so far KC2 companies have saved about $11 million in direct healthcare costs, according to the reports from nine employers representing 56,000 workers. The remaining employers will report their data at a later date.