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‘Physician champions’ needed to increase payer, provider collaboration, execs say
Modern Healthcare

It’s no surprise that collaboration between payers and providers will continue to increase as the launch of health insurance exchanges in October approaches. But sustaining that cooperation will require “physician champions” to work closely with payers and more simplified contracts between the two sides, according to two health insurance executives.

Speaking at America’s Health Insurance Plans Institute 2013 in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Vice President Lori Nelson said that in her state, one of the key reasons for the success of programs like accountable care organizations and medical homes is the active role that providers play in quarterly meetings with the carrier.