Iowa Health Buyers Alliance

Our Mission

The Iowa Health Buyers Alliance is an association of health care customers (consumers and purchasers) working together for a patient centered health system, improved quality, wellness, and increased transparency and public disclosure.

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Welcome to the Iowa Health Buyers Alliance (IHBA) Website

The alliance is an association of purchasers who have come together to identify, evaluate, recommend, and provide access to cost-effective high performance policies, practices, providers, and products for its members. Formed in 2004, the IHBA enables public and private purchasers to jointly develop and promote the use of smart buying practices to drive quality performance for health and value ("more for the money").

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Latest IHBA News

Stay up to date with all the latest Iowa Health Buyers Alliance news!

April 2016 - HPCI News: Few Iowa Hospitals Report Health Care Acquired Infections Results

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February 2016 - HPCI News: Silently Harmed - Hospital Medical Errors in the Heartland

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January 2016 - HPCI News: Efficient and Effective Health Care Systems in Greater Iowa

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December 2015 - HPCI News: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Iowa employers-purchasers

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November 2015 - HPCI News: A Few Astonishing Facts about Out-of-Pocket Health Costs

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October 2015 - HPCI News: New Greater Iowa Hospital Safety Scores available

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September 2015 - HPCI News: Invitation: September 30th Iowa Webinar - Choosing Wisely: Improving the conversation between Doctors and Patients

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August 2015 - HPCI News: The Nagging Mystery of How Much Things Cost in Hospitals

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July 2015 - HPCI News: Record Number of Hospitals Commit to Transparency

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May 2015 - HPCI News: Five Star Hospital Ratings Now Available

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April 2015 - HPCI News: 2015 Greater Iowa Hospital Safety Scores Released

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March 2015 - HPCI News: The Difference Between Life and Death for High-risk Surgeries

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February 2015 - HPCI News: Consumerism Hits Health Care

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January 2015 - HPCI News: The Odd Math of Medical Tests: One Scan, Two Prices, Both High

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November 2014 - HPCI News: Breakthrough in Consumer-Friendly Hospital Safety Scores

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October 2014 - HPCI News: Iowa Hospital Safety Scores Released .... six receive an "A" grade

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September 2014 - HPCI News: A Big Win for Patients, Consumers and Purchasers

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August 2014 - HPCI News: Iowa Hospital Transparency on Safety, Quality and Affordability

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June 2014 - HPCI News: The technology exists to do it right, but so many hospitals would rather spend the money on fountains or valet parking

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May 2014 - HPCI News: New Greater Iowa Hospital Safety Scores

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April 2014 - Grading Iowa Hospitals and Physicians - A "Silent Voice" No More

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March 2014 - Transparency Helps Reduce Early Elective Deliveries

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February 2014 - Health Plan Transparency Metrics and Their Use by Consumers

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January 2014 - Iowa Sets Vision for Health System Transformation

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December 2013 - HPCI News: Preventable Hospital Errors 3rd Leading Cause of Death in U.S.

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November 2013 - 2013 Iowa Employer Benefits Study

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October 2013 - Hospital Safety Scores for Iowa hospitals released - 10 get an "A"

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September 2013 - Iowa Health Insurance Marketplace

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August 2013 - Register Now for September 10th Iowa Health Conference

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July 2013 - Iowa Health Conference, September 10th....SAVE THE DATE

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June 2013 - Iowa in State Spotlight and HPCI Chartbook

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May 2013 - How Iowa Hospitals Score in Patient Safety?

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April 2013 - Chartbook on the Quality and Financial Performance of the Health Industry in Greater Iowa Area

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March 2013 - Results of Commission on Physician Payment Reform and March 26th Scorecard Release

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February 2013 - More News Media Coverage Needed on Hospital
Safety Scores

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January 2013 - Price Transparency - An Essential Building Block

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December 2012 - Provider Market Power in the Health Care Industry

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December 2012 - "Do Iowa Hospitals Make the Grade When it Comes to Patient Safety?"

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October 2012 - "Debate Health Care - Not Health Coverage", Forbes.com

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September 2012 - Best Care at Lower Cost – The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America.

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September 2012 - An Ounce of Evidence - Reporting of Hospital Patient Safety

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August 2012 - Save This Date - October 30th - Iowa Health Buyers Statewide Conference

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August 2012 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Lives to
(Maybe) Die Another Day

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July 2012 - Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores Gets Attention

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June 2012 - Hospital Safety Scores released by The Leapfrog Group...
a game changer

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May 2012 - Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology

Moving the program in the right direction.

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April 2012 - Patient Safety Letter to Secretary Sebelius

Letter to Secretary Sebelius was signed onto by 37 organizations including HPCI and IHBA.

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April 2012 - Higher health insurance costs loom for employees who fail to meet goals

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Affordable Care Act Anniversary -- Iowa by the Numbers

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First Iowa - Nebraska Co-op Health Insurance Company Announced

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Iowa Health Insurance Exchange for one million Iowans

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Reversing disturbing trends in maternity care through payment reform and public reporting

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Accountable Care Organizations and earlier HPCI initiatives

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Health Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans - HPCI and IHBA Involvement

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Iowa Health Buyer's Alliance Statewide Conference Health Care Reform:
A Broader View - Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

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Availability of Data for Performance Measurement is Key

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Reporting Medical Errors Critical to Patient Safety

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JULY 2011 - Modern Healthcare Magazine on Gauging Quality, State Snapshot Reports

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JUNE 2011 - Iowa Leapfrog Group Rollout for 2011-2012

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MAY 2011 - Healthy and Productive Workforce: HPCI's Vision and Strategy

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APRIL 2011 - Iowa Health Insurance Exchange: Key Principles

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APRIL 2011 - Health Care Quality in Iowa: Going from Good to Great

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Affordable Care Act One Year Anniversary:
Message from the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project

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Boeing making health care lean and efficient

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Consumer Health Guide Series and "Ask Your Doctor" Cards

Consumer Health Guide Series

  1. Consumers’ Health Reference Guide
  2. Heart Health Guide with Scorecard
    Heart Centers in Greater Iowa
  3. Iowa Report Card, What Patients Say About Their Experiences with Hospital Care in the Greater Iowa Area
  4. Iowa Report Card, Ranking of Hospitals for Chronic Care, Greater Iowa Area, with What You Can Do to Get Health Care Right?

"Ask Your Doctor" Cards

  1. Ask Your Doctor: When Getting a Prescription
  2. Ask Your Doctor: Doctor Visits

These guides and cards are not to be reproduced without the permission of the Iowa Health Buyers Alliance

Contact Information

Iowa Health Buyers Alliance

4713 72nd Street
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
(515) 778-6300
contact@ihbaonline.org