New Partnership to Offer Health Plan Studies

October 27, 2004 ( - Watson Wyatt Worldwide and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), have agreed to conduct annual evaluations of health plans for their employer clients and coalitions using the NBCH's eValue8 Request for Information tool.

A news release said that each evaluation will include hundreds of benchmarks on critical issues such as:

  • plan administration
  • provider performance
  • pharmacy benefit management
  • disease management
  • patient safety
  • member and provider communication.

Using a standard request for information (RFI), the eValue8 tool gathers comprehensive data on health-care quality and performance from all types of health plans and providers including health maintenance organizations and preferred provider organizations.

“Employers of all sizes are increasingly concerned about purchasing quality health care at an affordable price,” said Andrew Webber, president and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health, in the announcement. “By teaming with Watson Wyatt, we’ll be able to provide our members with the information they need to effectively evaluate and make decisions about the best health plans for their employees.”

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The National Business Coalition on Health is a non-profit organization of employer-based health coalitions.