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HL20: Suzanne Delbanco, PhD—Pushing for Value-Based Payments

Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, February 14, 2014

Suzanne Delbanco, PhD, executive director of the non-profit Catalyst for Payment Reform, has set an aggressive goal: She wants 20% of the nation's healthcare payments to be based on value by 2020.

This profile was published in the December, 2013 issue of HealthLeaders magazine.

As the healthcare industry marches slowly but steadily toward a value-based reimbursement model, Suzanne Delbanco, PhD, executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, believes harnessing the collective buying power of large healthcare purchasers can and will accelerate the change.

"One of our most important tenets is to try to create some consistent approaches and signals so we can actually move the market," Delbanco says of CPR, a San Francisco–based independent, nonprofit group working on behalf of large employers and other healthcare consumers to increase value-based payments, lower overall care costs, and improve outcomes. CPR's members include some of the largest employers in the country, such as Walmart, AT&T, Verizon Communications, Capital One, GE, Comcast, and 25 others.

Although she says getting all of these major players focused on the same issues is "a bit like herding cats," she also says it is the key to forging tangible results with regard to how health benefits are designed and how healthcare is purchased in the United States.

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