Healthcare Payer & Payvider Data

KLAS represents the voice of healthcare payers and payviders. KLAS performance data and reports are made possible because many healthcare payers and providers take the time to share with KLAS their experiences and candid feedback about the reality of healthcare technology solutions and services.

 
Payer meeting image

Why do Payers engage with KLAS?

Finding value in our data

Healthcare payers use KLAS data to make better technology decisions. KLAS' ongoing research into healthcare and payer industries provides real user perspectives on the technologies payers and payviders are using to impact their businesses.

Payer report covers image

What is the benefit for you?

Accessing KLAS

When a payer engages with KLAS, they receive access to KLAS data that is collected from healthcare providers and payers. This means access to industry reports, user commentary, and real-time ratings. Much like the tens of thousands of healthcare providers who participate with KLAS, payers can access all of these benefits in exchange for being willing to share their experiences with the vendors and services they use.

Payer IT Research Areas

Payer claims icon

Payer Claims/ Administration Platforms

Care management icon

Care Management Solutions

Pharmacy benefits icon

Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM)

Price transparency icon

Price Transparency Solutions

Vendor consulting icon

Vendor Consulting Services for Payers

Payer Reports

Payer report cover image
 

Payer organizations are under increasing pressure to maintain regulatory compliance and ensure strong data security at a low cost; thus, they are seeking payer IT consulting firms for help with advisory services, change management, implementations, and managed services. This report—KLAS’ first in this area—defines the broad ecosystem of payer IT consulting services and examines the market through firm-reported capability sets, validations, and performance data.

Payer report cover image
 

Payers take on financial risk for members and pay for healthcare expenditures based on various plans and reimbursement types. Due to the complexity of reimbursement contracts, many factors (e.g., coding and billing errors, fraud, waste) can contribute to payers sometimes underpaying or overpaying provider organizations. Payment accuracy and integrity solutions help payers make accurate payments and recover losses when overpayments and fraud occur. This report—KLAS’ first on this market—aims to identify the main capabilities these solutions provide and show early findings on customer satisfaction with vendors’ performance.

Payer report cover image
 

In recent years, the complex payer claims and administration market has seen several changes. Historically, payers have used multiple technology vendors and homegrown tools to meet their broad functionality needs. Now, payers are looking to consolidate platforms to improve efficiency and their ability to manage multiple business lines. As finding a platform that meets payers’ complex needs can be challenging, this report provides a comprehensive look at which business lines vendors are focused on, which vendors are gaining or losing market considerations, and how satisfied customers are with their platforms.

Payer report cover image
 

Amid the pressures of today’s economic environment, healthcare organizations are investing heavily in patient engagement technology to help reduce costs, alleviate staffing challenges, and consolidate technology in other areas. Both provider and payer organizations seek to understand what patient engagement capabilities vendors offer that can meet their core needs. This study (along with additional deep-dive content that will be published on KLAS’ website) is an update to accompanied by a limited amount of KLAS performance data.

Payer report cover image
 

The complexity of benefits administration can draw focus away from improving health and wellness opportunities for health plan participants. Viveka Health’s benefits administration solution aims to help by integrating all functionality required to administer benefits into one comprehensive platform, allowing payers to communicate, manage claims, and analyze data all in one place. This report explores the experiences of six unique Viveka Health customers and their satisfaction with the platform.

Payer report cover image
 

As more healthcare organizations start to leverage population health management (PHM) technology in their journey toward offering value-based care, they are sometimes uncertain about how well vendors can fulfill their unique needs, as PHM programs vary in breadth and complexity. This report—a follow-up to

Payer report cover image
 

When making a core HIT purchasing decision, ambulatory healthcare organizations must take into account how prospective partners deliver across a variety of key technology areas beyond core EMR and PM solutions. This athenahealth “complete look” provides a high-level analysis of the key IT components that make up athenahealth’s comprehensive suite. (Other reports in the series do the same for eClinicalWorks, Greenway Health, NextGen Healthcare, and Veradigm.)

Payer report cover image
 

Over time, care management vendors have developed new functionalities that have allowed payer organizations to move beyond traditional use cases (e.g., case management and utilization management) into emerging use cases (e.g., behavioral health, automated prior authorization). Care management solutions are in an already low-performing market with persistent integration and functionality challenges, and with these emerging use cases, customers have a renewed need for strong engagement and support from vendors. This report examines which vendors are providing strong customer relationships, delivering innovative product functionality, and facilitating adoption and long-term customer loyalty.

Payer report cover image
 

Inpatient treatment for high-risk cardiovascular patients comes with a significant cost for patients, providers, and payers. Costs are lower and outcomes are better when the care for these patients is effectively managed outside the hospital. To achieve this, the collaborators in this case study combined payer and provider data to better predict costs and patient outcomes and then established a bundled payment contract that reduces the costs of caring for patients with high-risk cardiovascular diseases while ensuring they receive the care appropriate for their condition. Outcomes include reduced hospitalization and lower costs.

Payer report cover image
 

Vulnerable and underserved populations face a variety of barriers that can make it difficult for them to adhere to their prescribed medication regimens, and the impacts of non-adherence—in terms of health outcomes and costs—can be severe. Low medication adherence was a particular problem for the healthcare organization in this case study, whose patient population covers one of the most vulnerable and underserved zip codes in the country. To encourage better adherence among high-risk individuals, this organization collaborated with a payer organization and value-based care partner to identify patients in need of additional support and help resolve their barriers to adherence. Results include better health outcomes and higher CMS Star ratings.

Payer report cover image
 

Strategies employed by payers, provider-sponsored health plans, and provider organizations are starting to become more proactive, and the need for solutions with prospective, predictive capabilities is rising. Additionally, amid rising healthcare costs and economic uncertainty, organizations are looking for solutions that deliver more for less. This report examines risk adjustment vendors’ abilities to drive outcomes and value, their prospective capabilities, and their offerings’ ease of use.

Payer report cover image
 

Keeping up with Medicare pricing, making edits, and processing claims can be burdensome for healthcare payers. HealthEdge’s Source product (acquired from Burgess in 2020) is intended to ease these burdens by automating important steps in the claims process, providing biweekly updates around Medicare pricing guidelines, and offering first-pass pricing and editing. This report examines HealthEdge customers’ satisfaction and the outcomes they have achieved with the solution.

Payer report cover image
 

Inefficient care transitions lead to wasted time and energy, increased risk of human error, and potentially poor experiences for both patients and providers. Despite the industry’s attempts to ensure the right information is sent to the right people at the right time, healthcare organizations must often revert to manual processes for data entry, verification, and communication. Some organizations use or want to use technology to streamline their transitions of care (TOC). This report—KLAS’ first to look at TOC—draws from the perspectives of 95 healthcare leaders across multiple care settings to understand their adoption of care transition technology, the challenges they encounter in their care settings, and the vendors they are considering.

Payer report cover image
 

CMS recently issued a new regulation stipulating that CMS-regulated payers must be able to securely store and share patient data under the HL7 FHIR standard. To achieve this, organizations use CMS payer interoperability products, which usually provide capabilities such as patient access APIs, provider directory APIs, and payer-to-payer data exchange. Health plans and state agencies are evaluating how well technology vendors’ existing or newly developed solutions can help them stay compliant with the new CMS requirements. This report is KLAS’ first to validate the purchase decisions and customer experience of some of the vendors in this area.

Payer report cover image
 

In 2021, new CMS rules came into effect that require CMS-regulated health plans to have a patient access API and a provider directory API. Aimed at increasing the interoperability of personal health data, these rules have prompted payers to look at new ways of sharing external information. This report evaluates 1upHealth‘s FHIR Platform, an interoperability solution designed to help payer customers meet governmental regulations and improve consent and authorization management.

Payer report cover image
 

Business process as a service (BPaaS) is a new delivery method for core payer claims and administration solutions that can lighten administrative burdens and increase health plans’ efficiency. Cognizant began offering BPaaS about two years ago (previously offered business management services [BMS] and business process outsourcing [BPO]). Today they have the largest presence in this space, and they actively encourage BPaaS adoption. For this report, KLAS performed in-depth interviews with five organizations using Cognizant’s Healthcare BPaaS model for Facets and QNXT (both acquired from TriZetto).

Payer report cover image
 

Though core administration platforms are essential for payer organizations, many of the products in the market are perceived as outdated, complex, and low performing (the market has one of the lowest average performance scores of any KLAS measures). However, HealthEdge has recently seen increased attention from both small and large health plans, who view the vendor’s technology as innovative and who have been asking KLAS for vendor insights. This report examines the experience of HealthEdge customers and how the HealthEdge technology stands out from competitors’.

Payer report cover image
 

Along with buzzwords like “AI” and “population health,” the term “digital front door” has become more popular but lacks a consensual definition. For this study, KLAS spoke to 27 leading organizations to understand what digital front door means to them, what digital front door strategies and key technologies they use, and what outcomes they have seen. Based on the lessons they have learned along the way, these organizations (most of which use Cerner or Epic for their core EMR) also shared advice for peers seeking to build or improve their digital front door strategies.

Payer report cover image
 

Analytics and risk adjustment are hot topics due to the expenses associated with value-based care, government regulations, and CMS programs. Pareto Intelligence’s revenue integrity solution attempts to provide organizations with actionable data to improve their risk documentation outcomes. This report examines the Pareto customer experience.

Payer report cover image
 

The initial explosive growth of ACOs sparked by the Affordable Care Act has since tapered off due to uncertainty about how to move into downside risk. Over the years, several services firms have emerged to help provider organizations with the setup and ongoing management of ACOs. This report shares client feedback on how effectively and quickly these firms drive clinical and financial impact and prepare clients to take on more risk.

Payer report cover image
 

Vatica Health provides dedicated clinical support and technology to payers’ contracted physicians to improve diagnostic coding, documentation, and quality of care for members. Vatica Health’s team works on-site to lend providers support, enabling payers to manage members and their care while also increasing financial impact and reducing compliance risk.

Payer report cover image
 

In 2021, new CMS rules came into effect requiring CMS-regulated health plans to have a patient access API and a provider directory API. These regulations, aimed at increasing the interoperability of personal health data, have prompted payers to look at new ways of facilitating external information sharing. This report offers a first look at Smile CDR, a fast-moving, healthcare-specific solution provider that has recently delivered interoperability solutions to payer customers to help meet the new mandates.

Payer report cover image
 

Provider organizations have begun to consistently ask who, if anyone, can be a one-stop shop for patient engagement—allowing organizations to consolidate vendors and create a unified patient experience. Directed by the voices of provider and vendor executives, along with patients themselves, KLAS has helped the industry define “patient engagement platforms” through a series of reports and summits. This report is a culmination of those efforts, intended to help provider organizations understand who they can turn to for all (or almost all) of their patient engagement needs. Included in this study are insights from 153 of the broadest-adopting customers across 33 vendors.

Payer report cover image
 

MedeAnalytics offers a cloud-based analytics platform designed to help healthcare providers and payers make data-based decisions. Provider organizations utilize MedeAnalytics’ SaaS solutions for patient access, revenue integrity, business office, and value-based care, while payers use them for employer reporting and healthcare economics.

Payer report cover image
 

In early 2020, KLAS published our first look at digital fax solutions. That report examined satisfaction feedback from the most advanced users of four digital fax solutions. Data for several other vendors, including Updox, was too limited to be shared at that time. However, additional advanced Updox customers have since been interviewed, and this addendum examines their customer experience.

Payer report cover image
 

A core administration platform is the transactional heart of a payer organization—it is used to enroll new members, process and pay claims, and manage product lines and benefits. Many of the products in this market, while needed and typically stable, have been around for decades and are highly customized, hosted on-premises, and often seen as old and complex. Many payers are therefore reluctant to replace these systems because the risks and required effort are so high.KLAS spoke with 30 payer organizations who are making or have recently made purchase decisions, and they shared their candid feedback and insights regarding what vendors they have considered, selected, and/or replaced. These interviews reveal new energy and life in a market long overdue for change—in terms of both product and service delivery.

Payer report cover image
 

In recent years, provider organizations have increased their investment in patient engagement technologies, but the outcomes they report are often provider-centric and don’t necessarily benefit patients directly. It is becoming increasingly important for the patient voice to be at the center of vendor development and provider deployment efforts. To help support this focus, KLAS surveyed over 300 patients, asking them which patient engagement technologies have been most impactful to them and how they expect these technologies to impact them in the future.

Payer report cover image
 

On November 11–12, 2019, healthcare IT leaders (20 from healthcare organizations and 19 from vendor organizations) gathered in Park City, Utah, to help guide the healthcare industry toward a common patient engagement target. The goal of this summit was two-fold: (1) to share success stories and recommendations for overcoming barriers and (2) to define what a patient engagement platform should entail.

Payer report cover image
 

Despite reduced regulatory pressure, competitive and financial factors continue to drive organizations toward value-based care (VBC), yet making the transition is a complex and expensive undertaking, especially for smaller or midsize organizations, who may lack the resources and expertise of their larger peers. An array of services firms and software vendors offer managed services designed to help. These offerings vary widely, and provider organizations will want to consider several factors when choosing the firm that is right for them. This report examines eight services firms and software vendors who offer VBC managed services to examine the types of projects and organizations they work with and how well they perform.

Payer report cover image
 

Transitioning from fee-for-service to value-based care (VBC) is a top-of-mind concern for healthcare organizations. However, has revealed that VBC transformation is also the area in which healthcare executives are least familiar with which firms are well positioned to help. This report examines nine firms that provide value-based care consulting services to explore the types of work these firms do (and for who), how consistently the firms perform across clients, the outcomes they deliver, and the factors that drive these outcomes.

Payer report cover image
 

Demand for payer IT consulting services continues to rise as changing market regulations have increased the need for improved efficiency, accurate software, and ways to navigate the complex market environment. This report, KLAS’ first in the market, offers transparency into what payer IT consulting firms offer and their performance, including expertise and adaptability to customer needs (i.e., being flexible in approach and staffing and agile in making changes). At a high level, healthcare-specific firms are delivering more guidance and flexibility than cross-industry firms, though there are exceptions to this trend.

Payer report cover image
 

Providers’ demand for effective patient engagement (PE) solutions continues to grow, as does the number of HIT vendors claiming to meet those needs. But which vendors are meeting needs today, and which are likely to play meaningful roles tomorrow? KLAS asked providers to name HIT vendors they are currently using or considering for future use: 74 organizations mentioned 109 unique vendor names. In an effort to make sense of all the options, this report is the first to apply a patient engagement–specific framework developed through the collaboration of leading provider and vendor executives at the KLAS Keystone Summit in October 2018.

Payer report cover image
 

The Best in KLAS designation is reserved for vendor solutions that lead those software and services market segments that have the broadest operational and clinical impact on healthcare organizations. These vendors earn the title of Best in KLAS—a recognition of their outstanding efforts to help healthcare professionals deliver better patient care. Separate from the winners of Best in KLAS, Category Leaders also earn top honors for helping healthcare professionals provide better patient care. The Category Leader designation is reserved for vendor solutions that lead select market segments in which at least two products meet a minimum level of KLAS Konfidence.

Payer report cover image
 

The primary goals of this perception report will be to identify management consulting firms who can help meet healthcare executives needs not only now, but in the future as well. We will highlight the breadth of their capabilities and the depth of their healthcare expertise. Additionally, we will uncover the emerging consulting needs of providers and the attributes they value in a consulting firm.

Payer report cover image
 

When purchasing a population health management (PHM) solution, provider organizations can choose from three general types of vendors, each of which comes with a potential disadvantage. Organizations can (1) choose from the established vendors, who tend to have lower overall customer satisfaction; (2) start with their EMR vendor, though EMR solutions can be immature and lack the required functionality depth; or (3) select an upstart company—though their potential can be alluring, these vendors lack a proven track record. In a rapidly evolving market where few vendors deliver as much as they promise, what are the best options available? Which PHM vendors have high market consideration, above-average customer retention, or high customer satisfaction? And do any vendors have all three?

Payer report cover image
 

Ever-evolving HEDIS metrics continue to demand payer attention, but annual quality reporting alone is not an effective way to close care gaps or reduce costs. Health plans have repeatedly expressed a need for more frequent HEDIS reporting and deeper analytics capabilities that enable them to empower proactive care interventions and improve outcomes for their members. KLAS asked 84 health plans which vendors go beyond the required HEDIS check boxes to help clients forecast risk and improve quality.

Payer report cover image
 

Patient engagement is as old as medicine, but the use of information technology to engage patients is just taking shape. Broad visions and experimentation abound, but there is a lack of consensus regarding end goals, and pathways are still being cleared. Resources needed to move forward are scarce with investments largely being dedicated to the most obvious of tactical, departmental business cases. To help provide transparency into these industry trends and HIT vendor performance, KLAS has published an ongoing series of reports on the effectiveness of patient engagement solutions and quality of vendor relationships. This whitepaper represents a high-level summary of findings from three comprehensive annual reports published in 2015, 2016, and 2017 to provide insight on the status, progress, and direction of patient engagement technology.

Payer report cover image
 

The need for partners is stronger now than it has ever been as healthcare organizations continue their journey to provide seamless care across the continuum, shift from fee-for-service to fee-for-value, reduce costs, and ultimately improve patient care. KLAS has published numerous reports on a wide range of consulting services, but this is the first that focuses on which firms healthcare organizations consider true partners. KLAS interviewed decision makers from 246 healthcare organizations about the consulting and services firms they have used to discover which they consider true partners and which they would avoid using again.

Payer report cover image
 

The need for patient engagement is as old as medicine, but the use of information technology to engage patients is in its adolescence. Today, broad visions and experimentation exist, but there is a lack of consensus regarding end goals, and pathways are unclear. Resources to fuel progress are often in short supply, with most investments limited to the most obvious business cases, often at the departmental level. By asking provider organizations how they currently use solutions from major HIT vendors, this report takes a break from ideals to examine where the rubber truly meets the road of patient engagement: Why do organizations invest in certain vendor solutions? Where are vendors helping across a spectrum of patient engagement needs? Which vendors are most impactful and why?

Payer report cover image
 

With healthcare costs at unsustainable levels, the industry finds itself on a trajectory from fee-for-service to value-based care. Provider organizations who aren’t prepared to manage cost and take on risk while also maintaining or improving quality will have a hard time surviving. In this first-time report, KLAS takes an early look at the various ways organizations that already have a strategy are tackling this challenge and what vendors they are using or considering to help them. Interviews were conducted mainly with C-level executives, mostly from organizations with 500+ beds. Only the strategies and vendors most commonly brought up in interviews are discussed below.

Payer report cover image
 

This first-time KLAS report takes an early look at the vendor solutions used for health insurance exchanges and insurance enrollment in the ACA market. Faced with the uncertainty, political instability, and complex regulation that characterize the ACA market today, healthcare payers are searching for vendors who can help them successfully weather the storm. Based on interviews with healthcare payer executives, this KLAS report gives initial but important insight into how well—or poorly—some of the key solution vendors are meeting needs.

Payer report cover image
 

Getting patients engaged in their own healthcare has tremendous potential to benefit patients, providers, and payers in terms of both quality and cost. HIT vendors offer a variety of options to help accomplish the task, but most providers’ engagement efforts are not yet significantly impacting patient health. This report examines the patient engagement landscape and highlights the early successes of those providers and vendors whose strategic approaches to patient engagement are making a difference.

Payer report cover image
 

The opportunity for customer relationship management (CRM) to have a meaningful impact in healthcare is growing. However, managing relationships with current and prospective patients and physicians often requires new workflows and access to consumer data not typically tracked in healthcare today. Even as this nascent market is still being defined, many vendors claim to help in a myriad of ways. This report will explain which of the most common niches vendors are being used in as well as help providers understand their peers’ current overall satisfaction with vendors’ technology and service.

Payer report cover image
 

New market demands are pushing health systems to take on more risk, resulting in some starting their own health plans. These provider-owned health plans (“payviders”) and other full-risk-bearing organizations like them rely on vendor solutions for core payer functions, yet many of the platforms are decades old. How well do these solutions perform, and will new entrants shake up this reemerging market?

Payer report cover image
 

Once more of a concept than a reality, sincere patient engagement efforts aim for patient collaboration in order to manage health, promote wellness, and lower costs. The door is open for vendors to market a number of products, but how are providers prioritizing their patient engagement strategies? Which vendors and technologies are they really counting on? With the help of 143 providers, this report seeks to clarify today’s patient engagement landscape and offers the following definition: Patient engagement is improving the wellness of patients by using enabling technologies that empower patients to take responsibility for, understand, and report on their adherence to collaborative plans of care.

Make a Difference

Join the growing community of Payers who work with KLAS to improve the healthcare industry.

Create An Account