Registration includes:

  • 1 - The recorded digital conference

    The recording of the 3rd March 2021 digital conference to discover good practices from European renowned experts in value-based healthcare.

  • 2 - Case study of a German integrated care model (Filmed on-site, available now)

    Access the case study of OptiMedis AG, a successful integrated care model in Germany.

Why Europe?


European countries have been moving towards value-based healthcare to face the growing pressures that their healthcare systems are under. In order to maintain a high quality of care for their population, France, Germany or the Netherlands are implementing new approaches to financing healthcare. In the Netherlands, the insurers use bundled payment to improve the coordination of care for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes. In Germany, accountable care organizations are created to care globally for rural populations. In France, a series of experimentations are revolutionizing the local care networks. All these initiatives are converging in a rich database that other countries such as Australia can use to figure out their way in the complex landscape of healthcare financing.


  • Get a concrete international perspective and an exclusive insight into inspiring best practices from a selection of the most innovative healthcare organizations in the world, discovering their pathway to integrated healthcare models.

  • Immerse yourself in a wide range of inspirational best practices, gaining new resources to tackle key challenges of value-based healthcare.

  • Be a part of a world-level expert forum for reflection and action with the Dialog Health eJourney membership.

Watch the recorded digital conference held on 3rd March 2021 and access to the virtual case study of Optimedis AG

Live International Conference

The 3 European Experts of the event held on 3rd March 2021

Public health researcher Leiden Faculty of Medicine in the Netherland

Jeroen Struijs

Jeroen Struijs is a Dutch public health researcher from the Leiden Faculty of Medicine. Before obtaining his doctorate, Jeroen was a physiotherapist. His research work covers a wide range of subjects concerning the reform of healthcare payment methods and innovations in the organization of healthcare systems, with a particular focus on primary care. His recent work has examined the effects of bundled payment on the healthcare delivery process, quality of care and healthcare spending. Winner of the prestigious American Harkness scholarship in 2013, Jeroen has an excellent knowledge of the international health context.

Hospital Administrator in France

Emilie Lebée-Thomas

With a background as a hospital administrator in France, Emilie also has a good knowledge of international health systems. In almost 10 years, her career has taken her to Northern Ireland, the United States and now Germany. Director of Dialog Health programs since November 2017, she has organized numerous specialized study trips around the world, developing unique expertise in the various international health systems.

Senior Manager Project Development at Optimedis AG in Germany

Dr. Manfred Zahorka

Manfred Zahorka, MD, MPH, EOQ auditor is a family physician, epidemiologist and public health expert. Following 10 years of clinical and family medicine practice he worked for more than 30 years in international health development projects mostly in the area of health systems development, family medicine, integrated people centred health services, and quality management in health. For the last decade he focussed on chronic disease management, vertical and horizontal integration of multi-disciplinary and multi-professional teams and supported the development of community integrated care solutions in various European countries in cooperation with OptiMedis AG. At present he works for the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute at the University of Basel and OptiMedis AG. For OptiMedis he supports the implementation of its territorial integrated care model at the Eurometropol Strasbourg and Pays de Saverne.

Digital conference Program

March 3rd, 2021

Presentation 1 --- Alternative payment models for value-based healthcare

Dr Jeroen Struijs, Leiden university, Netherland

Health financing methods are undergoing similar changes in health systems around the world. After a period dominated by fee for service mechanisms, the trend is now to focus on the value of care. Theorized by the American Michael E. Porter, this approach identifies care and the performance of providers as a whole. Alternative payment models are used around the world to encourage the development of value-based healthcare practices and organizations. Dr Struijs has studied extensively the mechanisms of the alternative payment models such as bundled payment or shared savings contracts.

Presentation 2 --- Integrated care networks : the German shared savings model of OptiMedis

Dr Manfred Zahorka, OptiMedis, Germany

OptiMedis AG, founded in 2003, is a health management company based in Germany. Its objective is to provide, with regional partners around the world, a substantial health benefit to the population. To do so, OptiMedis AG is developing regional and multiprofessional health networks in which doctors, therapists and hospitals are involved, as well as pharmacies, fitness, clubs, schools, businesses and local authorities. These networks are based on integrated health contracts with health insurers. Using interventions relying on evidence-based knowledge, an excellent network of doctors, therapists and patient motivation, these networks improve the health status of the population and create health benefits throughout the region, while reducing health insurance expenses. The Gesundes Kinzigtal network, in which all these actions have been implemented since 2008, is internationally recognized.

Presentation 3 --- Experimenting to reinvent healthcare financing in France

Emilie Lebée-Thomas, Dialog Health

France is trying to move away from fee-for-service by offering the opportunity to local actors to experiment alternative payment methods. Since 2018, dozens of initiatives have started to bloom around the hexagon. Emilie Lebée-Thomas will share the lessons to learn from this decentralized approach to reform the financing of a healthcare system.

Conclusion of the conference

Alison Verhoeven is the Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

Watch the recorded digital conference held on 3rd March 2021 and access to the virtual case study of Optimedis AG

Take an eJourney to OptiMedis AG in Germany

eJourneys are exclusive case studies filmed on the world's most innovative care organizations detailing the implementation of their best practices.

Your conference package also includes access to the case study of a company that supports the development of value-based healthcare in Germany since 2003, such as the integrated care network Gesundes Kinzigtal in Baden-Württemberg.

You will discover OptiMedis AG pathway to value-based healthcare along with the implementation of Gesundes Kinzigtal, through a sequence of short videos, guiding you step by step, at your own pace. You will also download a report synthesizing the key learning points of your visit. See below a free preview and the full curriculum of your eJourney.

Watch a free preview of the step "What are the advantages for physicians and other care providers to be part of an integrated care network?"

Check out the complete curriculum of your eJourney

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    Start your eJourney

    • How to use your eJourney platform

    • Download the Workbook: the educational report of your eJourney

    • Welcome to Hambourg

    • What makes OptiMedis' care integration care model unique?

    • What lead to the foundation of OptiMedis?

    • How are the shared saving contracts organized financially?

    • Efficiency of the model - The Kinzigtal example

    • How is the integrated care model different from traditional care systems?

    • How do you create a culture of integrated care among patients and providers?

    • How did you develop your network of care professionals?

    • Why and how do you make use of the OptiMedis database analysis?

    • What are the key benefits of OptiMedis integrated care model for the population, professionals and insurers?

    • What are the key advices for the adoption of an integrated model by other groups of providers?

    • What are the best conditions for the implementation of the integrated care model?

    • What makes you the proudest about the work of OptiMedis?

    • What is your background working with OptiMedis integrated care model?

    • What is an integrated care organization?

    • How does OptiMedis evaluate its success?

    • What are the strengths of OptiMedis integrated care model?

    • How can OptiMedis integrated care model be transposed into different contexts?

    • Where is the OptiMedis integrated care model implemented?

    • How is the model being implemented in France?

    • How does the model deal with the fragmentation of the healthcare system?

    • What are the advantages for physicians and other care providers to be part of an integrated care network?

    • What are the advantages for patients to be part of an integrated care network?

    • What are you most proud of OptiMedis approach to healthcare?

    • How was the OptiMedis model implemented in Kinzigtal?

    • What is Gesundes Kinzigtal?

    • How is OptiMedis AG supporting Gesundes Kinzigtal integrated care network?

    • Who does Gesundes Kinzigtal care for?

    • How many people work for Gesundes Kinzigtal?

    • How is Gesundes Kinzigtal different from another healthcare provider?

    • What is the role of a General Practitioner in Gesundes Kinzigtal network?

    • What are the financial results of Gesundes Kinzigtal?

    • What are succes factors to implement an integrated care organization?

    • What are the missions of the sport center?

    • How does the work of a General Practitioner in Gesundes Kinzigtal differ from a regular primary care office?

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    Download the Workbook recaping key takeaways

    • Workbook

  • 3

    Feedback Survey

    • Feedback Survey

  • 4

    Recording of the digital conference held on 3rd March

    • Agenda of the digital conference - Value Based Healthcare: Good practices from Europe

    • Presentation 1 - Alternative payment models for value-based healthcare - Dr Jeroen Struijs, Leiden university, The Netherlands

    • Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice - Molly Fitzgerald, Senior Program Associate, The Commonwealth Fund

    • Presentation 2 - Integrated care networks: the German shared savings model of OptiMedis - Dr Manfred Zahorka, OptiMedis AG, Germany

    • Presentation 3 - Experimenting to reinvent healthcare financing in France - Emilie Lebée-Thomas, Dialog Health

    • Conclusion of the conference by Alison Verhoeven, Chief Executive of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, Australia

Watch the recorded digital conference held on 3rd March 2021 and access to the virtual case study of Optimedis AG