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May 8, 2015 -- LVBCH 35th Annual Conference
"Healthcare in Transition - Policy, Population and Practice"












Date: May 8, 2015        Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
DeSales University, University Center Building, 2755 Station Ave, Center Valley, PA 18034
Invitations were sent via email on March 4, 2015.
You must register to attend this event.  Registrations will NOT be accepted at the door.
Registration deadline: Monday, April 13, 2015
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Get more info and click here to Register
Click to access the News Release about the event.
To acccess the News Release about the 2015 LVBCH Recognition Award Winners,
Click to access the Program Book
from the 2015 LVBCH Annual Conference
Click to access additional photos from the event.
Click to access Speaker Presentations: Robert Laszewski slides
                                                               Gary Kaplan. MD slides
David Nash, MD slides and blog titled The Employee Challenge

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors:

      Premier Sponsors:
        Capital BlueCross
      Express Scripts

        Gold Sponsors:
      BeneFIT Corporate Wellness
      Corporate Synergies
      First Niagara Benefits Consulting
      Integrated Behavioral Health
      Merck & Co.
      National Vision Administrators
      United Concordia Dental


News Updates

LVBCH Announces Recognition Award Winners - 5/8/15

Bethlehem, PA (May 8, 2015) The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) announced the winners of its 2015 recognition awards at its 35th Annual Conference held on May 8th on the campus of DeSales University, Center Valley, PA. This marked the sixth consecutive year that LVBCH chose to recognize outstanding Coalition members for their contributions to the Coalition and the communities they serve.

St. Luke’s University Health Network Garners Quality Award      United Concordia Dental Receives Partnership Award

St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) was the recipient of the Catherine A. Gallagher Quality Award for its commitment to transparency and quality improvement. Named the Partnership Award winner was United Concordia Dental for its efforts at providing quality, cost-effective and affordable dental plans to Coalition member employers. 

To read the entire News Release about the 2015 LVBCH Recognition Award Winners, click here.


LVBCH Announces the Release of Latest Hospital Safety Scores from The Leapfrog Group - Spring 2015

Bethlehem, Pa, April 29, 2015 – Updated Hospital Safety Scores– the “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades assigned to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals– were released today by patient safety advocate The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization representing employer purchasers of health care. These Hospital Safety Scores grade hospitals on how well they protect their patients from errors, injuries and infections.

We want to recognize and thank our local hospitals that got an "A" grade in Spring 2015 for demonstrating they have made the well-being of their patients a top priority: Lehigh Valley Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg, St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus, St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus, St. Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus.

We also want to recognize our local "Straight A" hospitals, which have received only "A" grades since the Hospital Safety Score first launched in June 2012: Lehigh Valley Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg.

To read the entire Leapfrog news release about the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Scores, click here.

For hospital ratings in your area, visit:



LVBCH Featured in LVB Article "35 Years of Saving on Health Care" - 4/13/15

On 4/13/15, Lehigh Valley Business (LVB) published an article about LVBCH titled "35 years of saving on health care". The article was written by Jennifer Glose, a staff reporter for LVB -- the most widely read local business publication in Lehigh Valley. It included a photo taken by Jennifer (right) of LVBCH's current staff.

Jennifer interviewed a variety of different people for the article and included quotes from the following LVBCH supporters:
  - Tom Croyle, LVBCH President
  - Michael Donio, former LVBCH employee and LVBCH historian
  - Deborah Faulkinberry, Managing Director, Gross McGinley LLP
  - Vicki Doule, Sr. Director, Group Sales, Major Markets, Capital BlueCross
  - Tom Palmer, Sr. VP of Sales & Service, United Concordia Dental
  - Bob Johnston, Benefits Manager, East Penn Manufacturing
  - Jack Gross, Partner, Gross McGinley     

The article includes a brief history about LVBCH as well as information about our members, purchasing partners what LVBCH is doing today to ensure employers are getting the most value for their health care dollars.  LVBCH's association and support of the Leapfrog Group and the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) are also highlighted.

To read the article, click here.

To learn more about LVB, visit their website at To learn more about LVBCH, visit


LVBCH & Geneia Ink Deal to Provide Advanced Analytics and Insights to Employers - 04/09/15

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) and Genia announced a multi-year partnership to provide Pennsylvania employers with the advanced health care analytics and insights needed to manage the quality and cost of employee healthcare.

Through the partnership, Geneia will provide its data and analytics platform to the LVBCH and member employers. The platform integrates claims and utilization data as well as clinical outcomes and benefit data in order to deliver meaningful and actionable healthcare information. As a result, employers will have the information necessary to make informed decisions about the effectiveness of their health insurance plans for their employees as a whole, as well as measure their efficacy in managing the quality and cost of healthcare for specific employee populations. 

To read the entire news release, click here  

To get more information, Download Fact Sheet 


LVBCH Celebrates 35 years in Healthcare - See Story on Page 16 of the Lehigh Valley Business Milestones Publication - 2/23/15

Reaching a company anniversary is a great achievement for any business. We are excited to report that the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) is celebrating our 35th anniversary in 2015.

It all began in 1980, when a few forward-thinking local business leaders met to discuss the actions they could take to address rapidly rising medical costs and the impact on their businesses and their employees. From these humble beginnings, LVBCH has evolved into one of the most successful healthcare focused employer coalitions in the nation.

In recognition of our noteworthy anniversary, LVBCH was featured on page 16 of a special publication by Lehigh Valley Business called "Milestones". To read the LVBCH story, click the image to the left.