FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 16, 2009

Contact:

Colleen Thompson, Marketing Manager
(541) 684-5453, colleen.thompson@pacificsource.com  

PacificSource Launches Community Health Excellence Initiative to Promote High Quality Care for All

PacificSource Health Plans announced today that it has launched a collaborative community health improvement project in Oregon and Idaho. Through its Community Health Excellence (CHE) initiative, PacificSource will make financial and other contributions toward healthcare initiatives that are independently evaluated as having a significant positive impact for patients, regardless of their insurance status. The CHE initiative aims to improve patient care quality by focusing on health issues identified by physicians and hospitals as being vitally important to individual communities.

“We at PacificSource and our healthcare provider partners have long shared a desire to make meaningful improvements to community health,” according to PacificSource Health Plans President and CEO Ken Provencher. “We developed our Community Health Excellence initiative in response to that common goal, as a mechanism to ensure high quality care for all patients—regardless of insurance status.”

Through the program, PacificSource will make funding available for expenses related to training, improved patient care processes, staff salaries, data collection, and computer software integral to the selected quality improvement initiative. To be considered for the program, providers must complete an application including a detailed budget. Initial review and scoring of all applications will be conducted by an independent panel of physicians with expertise and interest in community health. Applications must demonstrate clear objectives supported by measurable data to evaluate progress toward the project’s goals and expectations, and ensure the proposal will benefit all the provider’s patients—not just their PacificSource members.

“With the CHE initiative, we hope to channel the wealth of knowledge, passion, and innovation of our provider partners, and collaborate to ensure high quality healthcare in our communities,” says Peter McGarry, Director of Provider Network for PacificSource.

Providers interested in submitting a patient care improvement idea for consideration under the program may download an application packet or contact Peter McGarry at (503) 802-5338.

About PacificSource Health Plans

Founded in 1933, PacificSource is based in Eugene, Oregon, with local offices in Portland, Bend, and Medford, Oregon, and Boise, Coeur d'Alene, and Idaho Falls, Idaho. The independent, not-for-profit company provides medical and dental benefits to more than 5,500 employers and covers more than 182,000 people with its group and individual health insurance plans. It also provides self-funded employee benefit plans, flexible spending accounts, HRAs, and COBRA administration services through its subsidiaries, Manley Services, Riverside Benefit Administrators, and Select Benefit Administrators. Together, PacificSource and its subsidiaries employ 400 people. For more information, visit www.pacificsource.com or call (800) 624-6052.

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