Frequently-Asked Questions About The MVA
What is the Massachusetts Value Alliance?
The Massachusetts Value Alliance (MVA) was formed in May 2016 and is a collaboration of high quality, cost efficient Massachusetts health care systems. This includes hospitals and physicians working together to enhance the efficiency, coordination and quality of care delivered, while promoting local governance with shared leadership in health care decision making. The MVA will provide opportunity to exchange best practices among its members with the goal of reducing health care costs to the consumer/purchaser, improving quality and enhancing the patient’s experience. Eventually, the MVA may deliver data and analytical capability to enable efficient and effective care management and optimize the coordination of care across multiple settings. The MVA is the largest collaboration of independent hospital systems and physician organizations in the state. Hospital and physician leaders are working together to set the direction for the MVA.
What is the mission of the MVA?
The mission of the MVA is to bring together health care providers who are committed to working together in pursuit of improved health care access, quality, efficiency and affordability.
What is the vision of the MVA?
To be an essential partner for Employers, Payers and Providers seeking to effectively and efficiently provide health services to defined patient populations.
Which Massachusetts hospitals are members of the MVA?
The MVA’s current membership makes it one of the larger health care alliances in the nation consisting of 10 Member/Affiliates totaling 14 hospitals. When comparing systems in the state, the MVA is now the second largest system in Massachusetts with a strong geographic footprint that positions MVA very well.
Full Members (Owners, have a Board vote):
- Berkshire Health Systems (includes Berkshire Fairview critical access)
- Emerson Hospital
- Holyoke Medical Center
- Signature Healthcare
- Southcoast Health (3 hospitals — Charlton, St. Luke’s and Tobey)
- South Shore Health
- Sturdy Memorial Hospital
Affiliate Members (Pay membership fee, no Board vote):
- Harrington Hospital
- Heywood Hospital (2 hospitals — Heywood and Athol critical access hospital)
- Lawrence General Hospital
Additional health care organizations may be added over time. These Alliance partners are important health care leaders in their regions and each partner’s contribution will be significant. This partnership sets the stage for innovation in the delivery of coordinated, locally focused, personalized care.
What opportunities are being explored by the MVA?
The MVA is focused on three items:
- Identifying and implementing economies of scale across the MVA that reduce operating costs of member and affiliate hospitals.
- Developing a geographically dispersed network of health care providers who are committed to working together in pursuit of improved health care access, quality, efficiency and affordability.
- Identifying and sharing best practices among Alliance members to enhance each Alliance member’s ability to affect and lower the total cost of health care.
How will the MVA benefit patients?
The MVA represents a cost efficient high quality option for patients. By implementing economies of scale and cost reduction opportunities, the MVA will be able to carve out costs among member organizations, which will add value for patients, employers and payers. With the favorable geographic locations of our participating providers, patients will have easy access to both ambulatory and inpatient care. Eventually, collaborative efforts on computer technology will allow for the timely exchange of patient information that will improve outcomes and prevent duplication or over-utilization of health care services. Working together member hospitals and affiliated physicians across the region will consistency apply best medical practices.
Are the MVA members merging into one organization?
No. Each health system and physician organization will remain independent. A formal alliance has been established so that members can take advantage of opportunities to share existing services and jointly develop new services and capabilities. The ultimate goal is to deliver integrated care within each region served across the state.
Will there be leadership changes at these hospitals?
No. Each hospital will continue to operate independently with local governance and leadership.
How will hospital employees be affected by this collaborative?
The work of the MVA will be mostly transparent to hospital employees, though initiatives to improve performance that involve the sharing of best practices will engage employees in the implementation of techniques to improve the delivery and cost of care. The MVA will be devoted to capturing opportunities to reduce or to share costs in areas such as supplies, contracted services and information technology.
Alliances are forming around the country. What is causing this trend and how does the MVA compare to others?
Alliances provide community hospitals with the option to remain independent with local control over governance rather than being acquired or merging with an existing system and being subject to that system’s needs. Creating an alliance allows its members to take advantage of the benefits of scale, share best practices and pursue efficiencies while addressing local market needs.