Kansas City Health Care Execs: Small Plans, Providers Must Team Up to Survive

Executives from a health plan and hospital say that payer-provider alignment and value-based payment have existential stakes — if independent, regional-scale payers and providers can’t find a way to work together through joint ventures and new payment models, they say, national firms’ acquisitions of small payers and providers will accelerate.

That’s according to Greg Sweat, M.D., a senior vice president and chief health officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC), and Stephen L. Reintjes, Sr., M.D., president and CEO of North Kanas City Hospital, who spoke during a June 13 session of the 2023 AHIP Conference in Portland, Oregon.

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Peter Johnson

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Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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