Kansas City, Mo., coalition saves nearly $11 million in healthcare costs

Kansas City Collaborative project includes 15 local employers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A value-based benefits project saved a group of employers in Kansas City, Mo., nearly $11 million in direct healthcare costs.

The Kansas City Collaborative, or KC2, launched a project focused on giving employees and their dependents access to better health information, reducing barriers to preventive care, engaging them in reducing health risks and accessing earlier treatment of chronic disease. Led by the Mid-America Coalition on Health Care, the project included 15 local employers and about 400,000 area employees and their dependents.

"The Kansas City Collaborative employers are to be commended for recognizing the importance of investing in the health and wellbeing of their employees and making benefit design decisions based on data," MACHC president and CEO Christine Wilson said. "By implementing a value-based approach to health benefit design, this group of employers has been able to better address worker health and productivity while also lowering overall healthcare costs."

Employers participating in KC2 include H&R Block, Hallmark Cards, Spring, the University of Kansas Hospital Authority, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and others.

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