US-based healthcare providers UnityPoint Health Partners and UnitedHealthcare have agreed to work together to improve care services for patients in Iowa.
The partnership is set to provide benefits to more than 36,000 residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Waterloo and the Quad Cities.
As part of the collaboration, a new accountable care organisation (ACO) will be formed to enhance quality and outcomes for patients, while reducing costs.
The ACO will enable participating physicians, specialists and hospitals to enhance patient care and improve communication with all who are involved in a patient’s treatment.
The new ACO will also allow primary care physicians to receive regular patient updates, monitor all of the care each patient is receiving, and maintain all clinical information about each patient.
UnityPoint Health Partners CEO Kevin Vermeer said: "Our culture is patient-centered and physician-led, and providers are encouraged to engage and participate in efforts to move us along our journey toward value-based care.
"The partnership with UnitedHealthcare will allow us to continue to move the dial in the areas of care coordination, transparency, improved quality, patient experience and overall value."
The partnership will ensure that the primary care physicians, specialists and facilities are aligned with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s ‘Triple Aim’ objective that calls for increasing patient satisfaction, improving the health of the population and reducing the cost of health care.
Effective from 1 October 2014, UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plan participants will receive the benefits of the ACO, including enhanced care coordination and follow-up.
UnitedHealthcare of Heartland States CEO Steve Walli said: "We believe our collaboration with UnityPoint Health Partners will deliver enhanced quality, better outcomes and greater efficiency for our health plan customers in these communities."