Network News 2020, Volume 2

Evidence continues to mount: Value-based care is working.

The Asante Health Network exists to advance value-based care and payment models throughout the Rogue Valley. Market forces are shifting to value-based payment arrangements in response to two core realities:

  • The cost of health care is placing significant burdens on our society, and
  • Value-based health care models can be effective at lowering costs while improving the quality of care.

Asante Health Network has been working closely with local employers to better understand their health care needs. At a meeting of The Chamber of Medford & Jackson County held in 2019, Asante leaders engaged with more than 100 business leaders who delivered a clear message on behalf of employers throughout our valley — health insurance costs are unsustainable. Adding to the chorus of employers, the federal government has stated by 2025, 100% of its Medicare payment programs will have elements of value-based care (1) .

Does value-based care work?

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in July 2019 is just one example of a growing body empirical data showing positive results of value-based care payment models. The study examined changes in spending, utilization and quality over an eight-year period under a value-based health plan. The results: The increase in the average annual medical spending were $461 lower per enrollee than spending in the control group (P<0.001), an 11.7% relative savings. Most quality measures of processes and outcomes showed improvement (2).

At Asante Health Network, we’re excited about the promise of value-based care. It is a privilege to be working with a network of physicians and other medical providers whose skill, compassion and vision contribute to making the Rogue Valley a great place to live.

(1) Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network, a public-private partnership launched by HHS
(2) July 18, 2019, N Engl J Med 2019;381:252-63. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsa1813621



AHN Continues to Expand

Asante Health Network welcomes its newest providers, bringing total participating providers to more than 760.

David Trask, MD LLC Dermatology
Dr. David Trask is a Medford-based board-certified dermatologist providing pediatric and adult dermatology services.

Jackson County Physical Therapy
With 17 physical therapists and four locations (Central Medford, East Medford, Eagle Point and Ashland), Jackson County Physical Therapy offers physical therapy services to children and adults throughout the Rogue Valley.

Rogue Women’s Health – Nicholas Mills, MD
Dr. Nicholas Mills is a Medford-based board-certified OB/GYN physician providing obstetric and gynecologic services.

RoxyAnn Dermatology – Jeri Mendelson, MD
Dr. Jeri Mendelson is a Medford-based board-certified dermatologist providing pediatric and adult dermatology services.


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