30 Jul 2015

HCIactive and GBMC HealthCare to Launch Patient-Centered Medical Plan in Baltimore

HCIactive and GBMC HealthCare to Launch Patient-Centered Medical Plan in Baltimore

GLENWOOD, Md. (July 29) — Healthcare Interactive Inc., a health benefits technology firm, has just launched a new patient-centered medical plan called Habeo Health in partnership with Baltimore-area hospital network GBMC HealthCare and Group Benefit Services Inc., an employee benefits administrator.

The plan is at the forefront of a growing trend among health systems to use “patient-centered medical homes” to improve healthcare quality and reduce costs.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of Baltimore’s push toward more affordable, value-based healthcare solutions,” said John W. Ellis, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at GBMC HealthCare. “GBMC believes that the patient-centered medical home is the future of healthcare delivery, and our individual providers look forward to offering a more patient-centric model of care through Habeo Health.”

Habeo’s integrated software platform will offer GBMC’s care teams powerful tools for managing patient health, incentives, and wellness programs. Patients who participate in health screenings, wellness activities, and health coaching will be eligible for lower health insurance premiums from their employers. They’ll also be able to communicate with their care team and access their health information through a secure, patient-focused portal.

“Our new patient-centered plan differs from the conventional health insurance model,” said Henry Cha, the CEO of Healthcare Interactive. “Habeo, which is Latin for ‘to own,’ aims to build a culture of health in which individuals feel empowered to participate in their care. Primary care is provided through community health systems, like GBMC, that people know and trust.

“We’re pleased to support Habeo Health’s innovative model with technology and wellness resources.”

Demand for Habeo has been strong. “We’ve already begun receiving quote requests from brokers — and anticipate the volume will increase as we fall approaches,” said David Cardwell, Sr., Executive Vice President of Group Benefit Services.


For more information or to speak with representatives from Healthcare Interactive, Group Benefit Services, or GBMC HealthCare, please contact Robby Schrum at 202-471-4228 ext. 107 or robby@keybridge.biz.

About Healthcare Interactive

Healthcare Interactive, Inc. provides integrated health plan solutions for health systems, third-party administrators, and employers nationwide. Our technology platform, Healthspace, coupled with results-driven population health and incentive management programs, is designed to assist our clients with maintaining Affordable Care Act compliance, mitigating risk, controlling healthcare costs, and improving patient/member outcomes.

About Group Benefit Services, Inc.

Group Benefit Services is a national premier employee benefit plan administrator. Since 1980, GBS has continued to develop creative solutions that help employers achieve their business goals. Our efficient administration, advanced technology, cost-containment strategies, and creative benefit designs allow our clients to realize their strategic benefit plan and financial objectives.

About GBMC HealthCare

GBMC HealthCare includes Greater Baltimore Medical Center, a 245-inpatient bed acute care not-for-profit hospital which opened in 1965; Greater Baltimore Medical Associates, a group of more than 40 multi-specialty physician practices on the hospital’s Towson campus and in off-campus locations across the region; Greater Baltimore Health Alliance, a network of employed and community-based clinician partners working collaboratively to provide better health and better care at a lower cost, Gilchrist Hospice Care, Maryland’s largest hospice organization offering in-home care, a 34-bed inpatient center on the GBMC Towson campus and a 10-bed inpatient center in Howard County; Gilchrist Center Baltimore – Joseph Richey House and the GBMC Philanthropy, which raises funds to support the organization’s mission. For more information about research at GBMC, visit www.gbmc.org/clinicalresearch.


20 Jul 2015

HCIactive’s President Henry Cha Among Top Executives Featured in New Report on Healthcare Transformation and Consumerism

BETHESDA, Md. (July 21) — Consumers are emerging as new “power players” in the healthcare arena, exerting greater influence over the design of health plans, the delivery of care, and health promotion activities than ever before.

That’s among the conclusions from a series of interviews conducted by the Healthcare Performance Management Institute with Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson and top healthcare executives from the likes of the Mayo Clinic and insurer Anthem.

“For the first time, millions of Americans are shopping for health insurance just like they do for other goods and services,” said Dr. Bob Karch, executive director of HPMI. “Consumers increasingly expect to have a more productive and responsive relationship with their healthcare providers. Employers, insurers, and other participants in the marketplace must change their approaches accordingly.”

HPMI has distilled its findings from the interview series into a new white paper. In addition to Carson, the interviewees included the Mayo Clinic’s Jennifer Flynn, Anthem’s Dan Newton, health technology entrepreneur Henry Cha, and Chuck Reynolds, an executive with benefits research consultancy Benfield, a division of Gallagher Benefit services.

Insight from the five experts revealed four strategic imperatives for driving healthcare value: the importance of engaging the consumer; leveraging data to improve care and patient health; the need for new partnerships among employers, insurers, providers, and other healthcare actors; and the centrality of incentives to achieving and sustaining healthy outcomes.

“Progressive healthcare organizations recognize that we are moving beyond traditional risk management to new models that interact more directly and proactively with consumers,” said Dennis Hansen, the founder of Health Synergy Solutions and an HPMI board member. “These models will be supported by tools and incentives that will facilitate our nation’s move towards embracing a culture of health.”


For more information or to schedule an interview with the authors of the HPMI report, please contact Kristen Thomaselli at 202-471-4228 ext. 101 or kristen@keybridge.biz.

To download a copy of the paper, please click here.

About the HPMI

The Healthcare Performance Management Institute (HPMI) is a research and education organization dedicated to promoting the use of business technology and management principles that deliver better and more cost-effective healthcare benefits for healthcare organizations, employers and government entities.