Welcome to Gesundes Kinzigtal

Gesundes Kinzigtal GmbH is a health care management company located in the small German town of Hausach (>link) seated in the black forest, and on the banks of the river Kinzig. Founded in Haslach (>link) in 2005 it operates a regional integrated care system (Integrierte Versorgung Gesundes Kinzigtal - IVGK), and is responsible for all health care outcomes in the specific region.

Improving three vital issues

Gesundes Kinzigtal aims at improving three key issues of any health care system: cost, health, and care. This approach has been named “Triple Aim” by Don Berwick et al. 2008 in Health Affairs (>link).

The name Gesundes Kinzigtal means "healthy Kinzig valley". The river Kinzig (>link to wikipedia) is a right tributary of the Rhine and one of the most important rivers in the black forest.

Gesundes Kinzigtal's name describes the company's aim and philosophy: to create and keep alive a DQS Logohealthy region. Its slogan reads: "Gemeinsam aktiv für Ihre Gesundheit", meaning working together actively for your health.

Unique in Germany

Gesundes Kinzigtal's integrated care - in short IVGK - is one of the few population-based integrated care approaches in Germany, organising care across all health service sectors and indications. The system serving around half of the population of the region is run by Gesundes Kinzigtal GmbH in cooperation with a network of physicians in the region MQNK (>link), and a German health care management company OptiMedis AG (>link). Two statutory health insurers are currently working in partnership with IVGK. One of them is a the SVLFG - formerly known and referred to as LKK - (>link) a special insurer for farmers and their families, the other is AOK Baden-Württemberg (>link), the biggest health insurer in southwest Germany.

We have been certified (ISO 9001:2008) for our quality management by DQS GmbH (>link) in Frankfurt.

Outcomes

The evaluation of Gesundes Kinzigtal's work by independent research institutions is coordinated by a separate coordination agency, EKIV („Evaluations-Koordinierungsstelle Integrierte Versorgung”). It was established at the department of medical sociology at Freiburg University. EKIV is managed by Dr. Ulrich Stößel (head of EKIV) and Dr. Achim Siegel, M.P.H. (>link).

All outcomes are crossed checked by AOK and SVLFG respectively before they are made public.

GrafikIn 2014 new figures lead to an improved contribution margin for 2012 of "146 Euro per AOK-insured person, or 4.6 million Euro for all 31,000 AOK-insured persons in the region in regard to risk adjusted normal costs of care in Germany". That is, the actual cost of the insured were almost seven percentage points lower than expected costs. (>link)

A recent evaluation of the PMV Research Group of the University of Cologne draws positive conclusions as well. The researchers found that there was a decline in over-, under- and misuse of healthcare in many indications in the Kinzigtal region, and at the same time they observed an increase in healthcare quality.