Purchaser Business Group on Health

Regional Leader Information

Website: www.pbgh.org
Region: California
Covered Counties: All

Contact: Emma Hoo
Title: Director
Phone: 415-615-6320
Email: ehoo@pbgh.org


Why did your organization decide to apply to become a Leapfrog Regional Leader?
As one of the founding members of the Leapfrog Group, the Purchaser Business Group on Health firmly believes that health care organizations should be held accountable for the safety and quality of care they deliver to patients, and that this accountability is motivated via initiatives that publicly report results based on measure sets that have been deemed national standards.
In your view, what kind of impact has Leapfrog had on your market thus far?
It opened the door to a surge in statewide hospital level reporting efforts, which is now culminating in the CHART Initiative. CHART is designed to publicly report the performance of California hospitals on a wide range of quality and safety measures.


Market Information

Geographic coverage: All counties

Population: 39 million

Number of employer/coalition lives in region: 3 million

List of area’s largest employers:
Largest employers in state: California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), University of California, Stanford University, Safeway Inc, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Wells Fargo & Co., Disney, Oracle, Chevron Corp., Boeing


Hospital characteristics

Total number of general acute care facilities (total number of targeted hospitals broken down by hospital system): Approximately 380
Adventist Health: 15
Catholic Healthcare West: 32
Centinela Freeman: 3
HCA—The HealthCare Company: 5
Kaiser Permanente: 29
Memorial Care: 5
Scripps Health: 5
Sharp HealthCare: 5
St. Joseph Health System: 9
Sutter: 29
Tenet Health: 21
University of California: 5


Insurer characteristics

Local health plans and % of the market share for HMO/PPO products:
Aetna: 5%
Blue Cross of California: 20%
Blue Shield of California: 15%
Health Net: 6%
Kaiser Permanente: 42%
Pacificare/United Healthcare: 5%
All other: 3%


Other related Links 

Health plan and medical group quality and patient experience information is available at www.opa.ca.gov; hospital, medical group and other performance information is available at http://www.calqualitycare.org/. PBGH administers the California Healthcare Performance Information System (http://www.chpis.org/), a multipayer claims database which is also a CMS Qualified Entity that supports comparative quality of care information at the physician level.


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