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Health Partners Plans Leaders Invited to Present Innovative Approach to Value Based Care at Nation’s Leading Healthcare Finance Association

HPP SVP and General Manager of Central PA to lead session at Healthcare Financial Management Association 

Philadelphia, PA—Health Partners Plans (HPP) Senior Vice President and General Manager of Central Pennsylvania Steve Schlager and Associate Vice President of Quality Optimization Abdou Bah will speak at the 12th Annual Two-Day Hospital/Physician Collaborative Meeting, organized by the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) Central Pennsylvania Chapter. The event will run from Monday, March 26 through Tuesday, March 27 at the Lancaster Convention Center. Mr. Schlager and Mr. Bah will lead a breakout session focused on using value-based payment models to enhance the revenue cycle and improve the quality of care for members.

HPP, a managed care organization, provides nationally recognized health care to more than 282,000 people through its Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP plans. As one of the few hospital-owned plans in the country, HPP provides exceptional service to members and providers through seamless continuity of care and care delivery.

Mr. Schlager will discuss HPP’s value-based, innovative care models, including a groundbreaking partnership with the Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutritional Alliance (MANNA) that has delivered hundreds of thousands of medically nutritious meals to chronically ill members – at no cost to them. Additional programs include community health workers, comprehensive care management and value-based reimbursement methodologies that incentivize providers to collaborate to deliver the best care to members. All these innovations have successfully improved member health outcomes while lowering costs.

“As a hospital-owned plan, HPP is uniquely positioned to understand and address the needs not only of its members, but also of its providers,” said Mr. Schlager. “Keeping both top of mind gives us an advantage in our approach to health care because we are able to balance the revenue cycle with delivering outstanding service to our customers.”

Mr. Bah will discuss various complex quality-based performance measures and the related opportunities to increase revenue, provide additional resources for providers and improve the delivery of care for members. Mr. Bah will detail a quality improvement program that includes a provider incentive program, a community-based care management program, a patient-centered medical home program and an integrated care plan program.

“Choosing between revenue growth and a high quality of care is a false choice,” said Mr. Bah. “We at HPP understand that it is not only possible, but necessary, to deliver the best possible care to our members while ensuring we are doing so in a way that will enable us to continue to grow and serve even more people.”

In addition to Mr. Schlager’s and Mr. Bah’s participation, HPP is also a sponsor. HFMA organizes the event each year with a goal of providing senior health care executives, directors and managers with education on topics related to executive leadership, physician practice management and the revenue cycle.


Health Partners Plans, an innovative not-for-profit managed care organization, is the only Medicaid plan in Pennsylvania and is among just 11 Medicaid plans nationwide with an accreditation status of Excellent as of September 26, 2017. This is the highest status bestowed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Health Partners Plans serves more than 282,000 members in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh/Capital region. It provides a broad range of health coverage options through its Health Partners Medicare, Health Partners (Medicaid) and KidzPartners (Children’s Health Insurance Program) plans. Founded more than 32 years ago, Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health plans in the country. Learn more about how Health Partners Plans is doing it right at, and

Monet T. Irving
Director, Corporate Communications