CLEVELAND--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Chelko Consulting Group, headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, and Emerick Consulting of Fayetteville, Arkansas, have formed a joint venture, The EdisonHealth Network LLC. EdisonHealth was created to provide medical destinations of excellence and related services to employer-sponsored health plans.
Through EdisonHealth, members of contracting health plans will gain access to heart, valve, spine and transplant care at some of the highest-performing clinics and health systems in the United States. Other high-cost surgical and evaluative services are planned for the future. Its unique network model builds on the groundbreaking work of one of the founders, Tom Emerick, who has managed benefits for some of the largest companies in the world and is a long-time leader in company-sponsored centers of excellence.
The EdisonHealth Network will contract with first-rate hospitals and clinics, and then extend the exclusive benefits of these contracts to participating employers and health plans along with a suite of care coordination, claims payment, performance reporting and related services. EdisonHealth will also collaborate with contracted health centers to share best practices and to foster continuous improvements in diagnosing and treating these complex surgical cases.
The new joint venture will help plan members travel to surgical destinations that are specially designed to properly diagnose and treat individuals facing the prospects of these complex, risky, and expensive surgeries. These medical destinations will meet EdisonHealth’s proprietary quality and ethical practice guidelines as well as more common provider performance measures.
“Documented variations in treatment, even among high-reputation teaching hospitals, are amazing. Variations in care and outcomes are even more dramatic in rural and regional settings,” says co-founder Tom Emerick who was recently recognized by Forbes as one of 13 to Watch in 2013: The Unsung Heroes Changing Health Care Forever. “In most of the surgeries EdisonHealth will handle,” continues Emerick, “we are dealing with matters of life and death. Where people go to be diagnosed and treated can have a tremendous impact on their outcomes.”
“Tom’s work with large employers has truly been groundbreaking. I am excited to partner with Tom to extend the benefits of this work to other large employers,” stated Rick Chelko the other co-founder of EdisonHealth. “It is the ultimate win-win-win of quality care, great outcomes and lower costs. We have already had a number of high profile health centers ask ‘how can we become qualified to be included in The EdisonHealth Network?’ As more employers participate, it will help drive needed quality improvements in hospitals throughout the country.”
Health plan sponsors generally motivate plan members to take advantage of these physician and hospital arrangements through communications, the elimination of health plan deductibles and copays related to these services and targeted interventions. EdisonHealth’s medical destination care coordinators will also provide educational assistance to plan members, facilitate patient and family travel arrangements and support smooth transitions of care.
To learn more about The EdisonHealth Network LLC visit edisonhealth.net
Co-founder Tom Emerick is the President of Emerick Consulting, LLC. Prior to starting his consulting career, Tom was Vice President, Global Benefits Design for Walmart Stores, Inc. where he designed and managed benefits for over 1.3 million associates in the U.S. In 2009, Tom was named by Healthspottr as one of the top 100 innovators in health care in the U.S. for his work on medical ethics. Tom along with Al Lewis is co-author of the soon-to-be-released book, Cracking Health Costs, published by Wiley.
Co-founder Rick Chelko is President and Founder of The Chelko Consulting Group. He is recognized as an industry expert in the areas of health care consumerism, benefits design and management, and health promotion. Rick also serves as the National Co-President of WEB (the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network). Rick’s articles and perspectives have appeared in a number of national publications.