Health Industry Collaboration Effort, Inc. (ICE) was originally formed in 1998 as a voluntary work group (in the form of a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation) to educate the public regarding common concerns around implementation of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The founders of ICE recognized that collaborative and consistent development of educational materials by health plans and the provider community would be a sound approach to promoting compliance with this far-reaching new regulatory scheme.
In 2001, ICE received a grant to fund development of its own web site, so as to facilitate the broadest possible dissemination of its educational materials. In 2003, the board of directors of ICE determined to restructure ICE as California nonprofit public benefit corporation organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes as described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The corporation is filed in California as a not-for-profit charitable corporation and was granted 501(c)(3) status from the IRS in May 2006. As such, ICE relies on funding from health plans, provider organizations and other health care industry entities to support educational and collaborative activities.
ICE wishes to extend its appreciation and gratitude to the following health plans and provider organizations for their generous contributions for the 2013 fiscal year:
If your organization is interested in funding ICE activities, or you would like to contribute on an individual basis, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and a Board member will contact you to discuss how you can help further the educational and collaborative efforts of ICE. Contributions to ICE are deductible under Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. You can also visit our Sponsors page for information on various web site marketing and advertising opportunities available through ICE.
ICE mobilizes volunteers from health care industry stakeholders to develop educational and "best practice" materials designed to streamline, simplify, and standardize all regulatory policies and procedures that govern the provision of health care services that particularly require the collaboration between health plans and their provider partners. ICE volunteers work cooperatively to develop policies, procedures, and tools designed to find a consistent way to implement regulations with the minimal amount of impact and the maximum amount of return for both the health plan and the provider community that enable them to more readily and easily comply with regulation. Volunteers from state and federal government agencies also participate in ICE. Through their participation, they help to educate through clarification of issues which arise from time to time as a result of the promulgation of new regulatory schemes.
ICE has a track record of success and is nationally recognized as a volunteer working group that effectively educates the public regarding regulatory issues that affect the health care industry.
The Library on this site includes files with additional information about ICE, including our purpose statement.