What They’re Watching: Shruti Kothari, Blue Shield of California


Eli Kirshbaum


In this edition of “What They’re Watching,” we sat down with Shruti Kothari, Director of Industry Initiatives for Blue Shield of California, to hear about her focus on health data sharing in California.


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As part of the Connecting for Better Health Coalition, Kothari and her organization are committed to advancing the exchange of health information in the state. For Blue Cross Blue Shield of California, she said, having a robust health data sharing ecosystem is important because it directly impacts their work around health equity and payment innovation.

“I’m really excited about our payment innovation work. We’ve been working for two years with integrated healthcare association and [the Purchaser Business Group on Health] to convene seven payers, and six of the seven payers have put out a public [memorandum of understanding] for advanced primary care payment that is focused on whole-person care with measurable outcomes and [is] value-based.”