Texas School District Lowers Healthcare Costs While Improving the Quality of Care

“Managing health care on a local level brings needed accountability to health care financing while providing improved access to care and higher patient satisfaction. The patient-physician relationship becomes more than just a ten-minute office visit; it becomes a true partnership.”  – Alex Zuniga

Texas School District Lowers Healthcare Costs While Improving the Quality of Care

Raymondville, TX; Thursday, August 22, 2019: Raymondville Independent School District, a South Texas public school district, today announced a comprehensive strategy towards improving their benefits through a restructuring of its group health insurance program in partnership with area primary care physicians. This collaborative effort centers on the shared vision of improving the quality of care and controlling costs through transparent pricing.

Primary care physicians are best positioned to manage individual health care needs through patient centered disease management and coordination of care across providers. The district’s new health plan will allow greater access to primary care by removing financial barriers and will encourage a stronger relationship between the patient and their primary care team.

The new Raymondville ISD Partnership plan works by pairing each member with a dedicated primary care team that serves as their centralized point of care and guides them to specialty providers as needed.  Contracted primary care physicians are provided with data and tools to direct specialty and facility referrals to high-value providers, and are incentivized to provide a better member experience, including expanded access and increased patient satisfaction.

According to Stetson Roane, Superintendent of schools, “Primary care lays the foundation of coordinated continuation of care for our members, eliminating unnecessary duplication of services and related inefficiencies common to today’s fractured health care system. Our plan will bring greater efficiency, better outcomes, and a better patient experience for our employees and their families. At the end of the day it’s all about spending our tax-supported health care dollars wisely and efficiently.”

According to Insurance Consultant Alex Zuniga, the new program makes sense for employers who are concerned about health care costs. “Managing health care on a local level brings needed accountability to health care financing while providing improved access to care and higher patient satisfaction. The patient-physician relationship becomes more than just a ten-minute office visit; it becomes a true partnership.”

The program will be administered by Centivo, a new type of health plan administrator that allows self-funded employers and clinicians to join forces and deliver high quality, affordable healthcare to their employees.

“After nearly 20 years of ‘consumerism,’ healthcare remains as unaffordable and inefficient as ever,” notes Centivo CEO Ashok Subramanian.  “Employers are tired of apologizing to their employees for rising costs and diminishing benefits.  It is time to turn the page on the failed era of high deductibles and implement a new solution that produces better results for individuals, employers, and providers. The Raymondville Independent School District is doing just that.”

ABOUT RAYMONDVILLE ISD

Raymondville ISD is a mid-sized school district located at the Gateway to the Rio Grande Valley. The district educates 2100 students from a full day Pre-K 3 program, to an Early College High School where students can earn an Associate’s Degree or an array of Industry Certifications.

Raymondville ISD empowers students to be lifelong learners, successful individuals, and contributing members of the global community.

In collaboration with the greater Raymondville community, RISD educates all students to become college and career ready through learning opportunities that promote creativity, critical thinking, and self-directed learning.

ABOUT CENTIVO

Centivo is a new type of health plan administrator that allows self-funded employers and clinicians to join forces and deliver high quality, affordable healthcare to their employees.

An alternative to traditional insurance carriers or third-party administrators, Centivo offers a coordinated benefits platform with the technology, network, claims processing, customer support, and population health management to fully administer health benefits for all or a portion of an employee population.

The Centivo model emphasizes the partnership between individuals and their primary care team as the proper model to coordinate healthcare needs. At Centivo, we never lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with healthcare, with emotions, with anxiety, with fear, and with lives. We treat your employees and their families with the same level of care that we would use to treat our own families.

SOURCE: Raymondville Independent School District

District Contact: David Longoria, CFO 956-689-8175

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