xG Health Solutions Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Geisinger startup reflects on 2013 accomplishments, positioned for 2014 success.

Columbia, Md. – March 21, 2014 — With support from a $40-million investment from Oak Investment Partners, Geisinger Health System a year ago helped launch independent for-profit xG Health Solutions™, dedicated to transforming healthcare delivery in a risk-based financial environment.

“We have the ability and opportunity now to improve the way healthcare is delivered and improve patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs,” said xG Health CEO Earl P. Steinberg, MD, MPP.

To accomplish its mission of helping healthcare providers be successful in improving patient care under risk-based payment arrangements, xG Health uses Geisinger’s lauded experience and innovations in delivering patient care. xG Health’s mission is supported by Glenn D. Steele, Jr., MD, PhD, president and CEO of Geisinger Health System, and chair of the xG Health board of directors.

xG Health is in a long-term, close collaboration to help push the Geisinger model’s transformative power into healthcare nationwide.

“With our Geisinger partnership, we have a $4-billion research and development shop and access to experts who are on the front lines of innovation and delivery,” emphasized Dr. Steinberg, who is also Geisinger’s executive vice president of Innovation & Dissemination.

A few highlights from xG Health’s inaugural year:

Results. xG Health achieved 16 percent reduction in admissions and readmissions and improved quality measures by 50 to 300 percent at West Virginia United Health System. New programs and care modeling reduced total care cost by 5 percent at Eastern Maine Pioneer ACO.

Customers. xG Health closed 2013 with 23 customersa diverse group of provider organizations that showed strong commitment to volume-to-value transformation, the key criterion in client selection. xG Health’s clients include Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, Georgia; Integrated Delivery System of Spokane, LLCa joint venture between Group Health Cooperative and Providence Health Care in the Pacific Northwest; and Eastern Health Alliance, the regional health system of eastern Singapore.

Solutions and products. xG Health solutions include tools, expertise and essential services. The xG Health approach acknowledges that tools are necessary, but not sufficient, to produce results, helping clinicians identify the highest priority actions for their patients, interpret results of analysis and integrate them into their daily workflows. An innovative multipayer product, bundle payment initiative, unique approach to case management and implementation of advanced medical homes focus on helping providers deliver better-quality and lower-cost care.

Our people, culture and values. One hundred employees strong, xG Health has built a team that brings deep experience in population health; clinical payer payment innovation; and healthcare data analytics and operations.

What you can expect in 2014. Continued focus on quality and innovation. Strong results derived from tireless commitment to customers’ success on their way to value-based care. “I am proud of how much we have been able to accomplish in our first year. It is rewarding to see how xG Health is applying Geisinger innovations to bring strong results and changes to other health systems,” said Dr. Steele. “This year, we will continue improving quality and reducing cost of care in many diverse communitiesfrom Pennsylvania to Georgia to the Pacific Northwest.”

About xG Health Solutions. xG Health Solutions’ mission is to help health systems and others committed to high-quality, value-based care succeed under risk-based payment arrangements. Our volume-to-value roadmap, care design and delivery, population health analytics, and financial optimization services are powered by Geisinger Health System’s methods proven to achieve best-in-class outcomes. xG Health is the primary provider of Geisinger’s Healthcare Performance Improvement Intellectual Property. xG Health also provides experienced professionals to partner in developing and implementing strategies focused on improving quality and reducing care cost over the long haul. For more information, visit www.xghealth.com, or follow the latest xG Health news and more on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About Geisinger Health System. Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for innovatively using the electronic health record and developing and implementing innovative care models, including ProvenHealth Navigator (an advanced medical home model) and its ProvenCare program. Geisinger Health Plan, the insurance affiliate of Geisinger Health System, serves members in Pennsylvania, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia. The plan consistently ranks among the top-ranked health plans in Pennsylvania and the nation, according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) annual Private and Medicare Health Insurance Plan Rankings. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org and www.thehealthplan.com.

Rocky Edmondson RN, BSN, MBA, CCRN
Senior Director, Bundled Payments, Care Redesign and Management Advisors, xG Health Solutions

Rocky Edmondson is the Senior Director of Bundled Payments for Care Redesign and Management Advisors at xG Health Solutions. Rocky has been involved in workflow redesign, program implementation, and analytic evaluation of Bundled Payment Programs across the country, and he coaches Hospitals, Health Systems, Post-Acute Providers, and Physician Groups on how to successfully implement care redesign in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) and CJR Programs.

Rocky’s passion is helping people to understand the intricacies of Bundled Payment Programs. He has a talent for teaching people how to cut through all the noise and just do the things that matter to be successful in these programs.

Rocky holds an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Hawaii Maui, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Boise State University.

Prior to joining xG Health Solutions, Rocky was the Southeast Region Director of Clinical Operations for Remedy Partners, overseeing program design, implementation and analytic evaluations for Bundled Payment Programs. Prior to embarking on a career in Bundled Payments, Rocky was a Registered Nurse for 18 years, working in a number of positions within Critical Care. Before becoming a Nurse, Rocky was an Institutional Broker at Merrill Lynch and advised a number of healthcare systems and large corporations on cash management strategies. In addition, Rocky has started several businesses and provided consulting for small business startups. Rocky served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Recon Marine.

Janet Comrey RN, BSN, MHSA
Director, Population Health Solutions, Geisinger Health System

Janet Comrey, RN, BSN, MHSA has over 30 years of diversified nursing and leadership experience at Geisinger Health system and currently serves as Director of a small department embedded within Population Health. One of her key roles is managing the Bundle Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) program since January 2014 earning an overall positive net payment reconciliation to date. Janet also serves as the coordinator for Project Achieve at Geisinger which is a national PCORI funded study related to patient’s perceptions of transitions of care.

Janet received her nursing education through Geisinger’s diploma program, her BSN through Bloomsburg University, and later earned her graduate degree from Marywood University. During her tenure at Geisinger she taught quality improvement methodology and facilitated improvement teams the Geisinger Quality Institute. She is currently enrolled in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Advisory program.

Professional memberships include Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, American Society for Quality.

Andrew Blackmon, MBA, MHS
Chief Sales and Business Development Officer

Chief Sales and Business Development Officer Andrew Blackmon, MBA, MHS, has more than 18 years of experience in healthcare product sales, marketing, and strategy.

Before joining xG Health, Andrew was vice president of sales for population health and risk management solutions at McKesson. He came to McKesson through acquisition of MedVentive, an early population health vendor. Before MedVentive, he served as vice president of enterprise solutions development at MedAssets. He is a past president of the Georgia chapter of HIMSS, and he has held strategy and planning positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Orlando Health.

Andrew has an MBA and a Master’s of Health Science from the University of Florida Warrington, College of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Rollins College.

Holly Barbella, RN, MBA

Risk Coordinator, Geisinger Health System

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Earl P. Steinberg, MD, MPP
Chief Executive Officer

Earl P. Steinberg, MD, MPP, is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare quality improvement and serves as xG Health’s chief executive officer. Earl also is an adjunct professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University and a member of Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association’s National Medical Advisory Panel.

Before joining xG Health, Earl was executive vice president of Innovation & Dissemination, and chief, Healthcare Solutions Enterprise at Geisinger Health System.

Before joining Geisinger, he was senior vice president for Clinical Strategy, Quality & Outcomes at WellPoint, Inc., the largest commercial health insurer by membership in the US, and president and CEO of Resolution Health Inc. (RHI), a leading healthcare data analysis company that provides innovative quality improvement and cost reduction services to health plans, employers, pharmacy benefit managers, and disease management companies.

Before joining RHI, Earl spent six years as vice president of Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc., director of its Quality Assessment and Improvement Systems Division, and co-director of its Outcomes Studies Group. He also spent 12 years on the full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University, where he was professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management and director of the Johns Hopkins Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment, and four years on the Federal Physician Payment Review Commission. He co-chaired the Institute of Medicine’s panel on Standards for Development of Trustworthy Practice Guidelines.

Earl has received many awards, including the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar Award in General Internal Medicine (1984), the “Outstanding Young Investigator” Award from the Association for Health Services Research (1988), and a Special Presidential Visionary Award from the National Kidney Foundation (NFK) (2004) for his work as the scientific director of the NKF’s landmark Kidney Disease Outcomes and Quality Initiative, which produced more than 250 clinical practice guidelines for management of patients with end-stage renal disease. He also is a fellow of both the American College of Physicians and AcademyHealth, and he has published more than 125 articles in peer-reviewed journals.

Earl received his AB from Harvard College (summa cum laude), his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government. He performed his residency training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.