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consortiumThe consortium partners from l-r: Dr Nicholas Hicks, COBIC, Andrew P. Smith, COBIC, Dr Oliver Groene, OptiMedis, Dr h. c. Helmut Hildebrandt, OptiMedis, Dr Nick Goodwin, IFIC (photo: Imperial College Health Partners)Imperial College Health Partners has launched an Outcomes-Based Healthcare Commissioning Programme in partnership with OptiMedis AG, COBIC, the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC), UCLPartners and the North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCGs) Change Academy.

Outcomes-based commissioning focuses on improving population health by incentivising sickness prevention and increasing the value of care delivery, rather than simply on the volume of services or demand management. To deliver such an approach, health systems need to be redesigned, building appropriate data systems to capture outcomes of relevance to patients, and offering the right incentives for providers to work towards a common goal – a system that promotes health, rather than responds solely to ill-health.

This partnership programme has been designed based on learning from OpiMedis, COBIC and IFIC. It also draws on work undertaken by Camden Clinical Commissioning Group, supported by UCLPartners, and builds on the work of Michael Porter and Thomas Lee. It seeks to guide participants to produce a proposal for their own outcomes-based project.

The first workshop took place on 19th September with attendees from Brent, Harrow, Essex, Hackney, and the Royal Marsden Hospital. We heard case studies from the founder of the international landmark model ´Healthy Kinzigtal´, Helmut Hildebrand, and the Chief Executive of COBIC, Dr Nicholas Hicks, as well as background on health commissioning in the UK and population needs analysis by IFIC’s Dr Nick Goodwin.

Over the course of the next 6 months, there will be five more interrelated workshops about evaluating population health needs, improving resource utilisation, defining outcomes, monitoring population health, designing the contract, and implementation of a value-based approach. The programme also includes an eLearning environment to build a community of practice.

The consortium delivering the workshops has extensive experience with outcomes-based commissioning, including the following:

  • OptiMedis AG manages a group of regional Integrated Care Delivery Systems in Germany and the Netherlands, on being the 10-year experience of implementing value-based models in Germany (the international landmark model ´Healthy Kinzigtal´).
  • COBIC works with commissioners in England to turn the idea of Capitated Outcomes-based and Incentivised Commissioning (COBIC) into practical reality.
  • IFIC is a not-for-profit Foundation to advance the science, knowledge and adoption of integrated care policy and practice.

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Source: Imperial College Health Partners