Tufts Health Freedom Plan’s innovative approach

Quality care, local providers at heart of initiative


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Last year, Granite Health, a joint venture of five New Hampshire health systems, and Tufts Health Plan teamed up to form a new health insurance company in New Hampshire called Tufts Health Freedom Plan.

Tufts Health Freedom Plan offers an innovative approach to care that makes sense. The announcement was widely covered but it may still be unclear what our new partnership means for you or your business.

First, Tufts Health Freedom Plan is founded in New Hampshire and jointly owned by Tufts Health Plan and the New Hampshire providers that make up Granite Health. This arrangement is unique to New Hampshire and benefits individuals and businesses who are seeking an insurance product that provides greater coordination of their care.

Built on New Hampshire’s strength of coming together to create innovative solutions, we have combined the clinical expertise from five value-based health care systems in the state with administrative efficiencies and product development expertise from one of the top-ranked health plans in the country.

We recognize it is local providers that understand the needs of New Hampshire families and are best equipped to determine the most effective way to address health care needs in our communities.

Second, Tufts Health Freedom Plan is structurally woven at the center by Granite Health. Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, LRGHealthcare, Southern New Hampshire Health and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital bring deep clinical expertise to the company and serve over a third of the state’s population with physicians representing over seventy specialties.

In addition to our shared expertise, Tufts Health Freedom Plan has contracted with all 26 New Hampshire hospitals to offer a statewide network to its members and access to a broad Massachusetts network including Partners Healthcare.

By working together, Granite Health member health systems are able to elevate care to the highest standards. Just recently, over 75 clinicians from around New Hampshire discussed how physicians, nurses, pharmacists and social workers can work together to achieve better outcomes, lower mortality rates, and shorter hospital stays. Furthermore, by adopting a shared data-driven population health management program that establishes common standards and best practices across our network, Granite Health has been able to improve the health of our communities, outperforming national and regional benchmarks for many process and outcome measures.

Granite Health also has teamed up with one of the top-ranked health insurance companies in the country, Tufts Health Plan, which brings paramount experience in administrative efficiencies and product development, ultimately helping to better serve New Hampshire communities.

Likewise, by partnering to form Tufts Health Freedom Plan we are able to offer an array of wellness-focused health plans which provide members with the resources they need to be healthy. All this subsequently creates better quality of care, greater access to providers, and an opportunity for us to do more for our members.

Tufts Health Freedom Plan differs from anything previously offered in New Hampshire. Quality care is not simply rhetorical jargon – it is the cornerstone of our partnership. 

Brian Wells, of Concord, is president of Tufts Health Freedom Plan, and Rachel Rowe is CEO of Granite Health, which includes Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, LRGHealthcare, Southern New Hampshire Health, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.

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