Kentuckiana Health Collaborative: Better Health, Better Care And Lower Costs

John Lewis, MD, Randa Deaton, Teresa Campbell and Larry Caruso.

John Lewis, MD, Randa Deaton, Teresa Campbell and Larry Caruso.

As the Executive Directors of the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC), Randa Deaton and Teresa Cambell are part of a 501c3 organization dedicated to better health, better care and lower costs. Their role is to facilitate a multi-stakeholder coalition that develops collaborative solutions to lead the group’s direction. The co-chairpersons have a unique healthcare perspectives that help Steve Barger. Managing Member, SBC; Larry Caruso, Retired GE Senior HR Executive and John Lewis, MD, MPH, Retired Medical Director of Health Care excel. The KHC is growing and working hard to collaborate for win-win solutions that improve healthcare quality and costs in Greater Louisville.

Lori Kommor: What is your organization doing? What are some of your greatest successes and challenges?
Randa Deaton/Teresa Campbell: The Kentuckiana Health Collaborative (KHC) is a non-profit organization comprised of representatives who have a major stake in improving the health status and the healthcare delivery system in Greater Louisville. The KHC creates a neutral space for multiple stakeholders to work collaboratively toward the common goal of community health using the Triple Aim goals of Better Health, Better Care and Better Value.

Over the last seven years, the KHC has been combining multiple health plan data to provide quality measurement reports to providers. The purpose of these reports is to promote the best practices and evidenced-based medicine by allowing comparison of provider and group data to local averages and benchmarks. We have also had success this year with our Community Health Forums by bringing in national speakers to share emerging trends in healthcare.

As our organization continues to evolve, we are working to develop a long-term action plan for healthcare transformation in our community that is sustainable.

Kommor: Are there examples from other communities that Louisville should explore?

Cincinnati is on the cutting edge of healthcare transformation through their work with quality transparency and Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

Kommor: What is our biggest community challenge to being a healthier city and how can we overcome this?

Our community has a heavy disease burden, a culture where healthy choices are not always the easiest, a shortage of primary care physicians, and like the rest of the country, unsustainable healthcare costs. Participation from all of our healthcare stakeholders provides the best opportunity for innovative, workable solutions to improve healthcare quality and cost.

Kommor: What can / must we do to dramatically improve health outcomes in our community? What is our first step?

We must come together as a community and work collaboratively to solve these complex problems.  There cannot be one step, but rather all of us stepping in the same direction.

The KHC will launch a new website in 2014 displaying the quality scores of participating physician group practices. We applaud the Greater Louisville Project for taking the topic of health and simplifying it into a measurable way to allow our community to have a conversation about where we are where we need to be. While this has been done in many other communities, this will be the first time this type of data will be made available to the general public in Greater Louisville. We all need to become more engaged in our own health and healthcare decisions.

Louisville has many fantastic organizations that are working hard to improve the many factors that impact our community’s health.