This is definitely one to watch. With help from THCB buddy Brian Klepper, the employers in Reno are interested in becoming smarter purchasers, and they held a forum without letting any plans or providers in the room. The results suggest that they’re pretty serious about pooling their data instituting P4P & transparency, and basically doing what their health plans should but don’t do. The employers account for about 25% of the population in northern Nevada.
All employer groups have had this clout potentially. None of them have ever used it. And usually they’ve been too chummy with the delivery system or have been bamboozeld by their “agents” the health plans and PBMs. It’s possible that in some places the worm is turning.