US-based healthcare providers UnitedHealthcare, Centura Health and Colorado Health Neighborhoods have partnered to enhance patient care in Colorado.

The collaboration will enable nearly 17,000 participants enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plan, to benefit from improved care coordination and better health services through Colorado Health Neighborhoods.

As part of the partnership, a new accountable care organisation (ACO) will be formed to improve quality and outcomes for patients, while reducing costs.

The ACO will allow primary care physicians to receive regular patient updates, monitor all of the care that each patient receives, and maintain complete clinical information about each patient.

Colorado Health Neighborhoods executive director John Suits said: "Colorado Health Neighborhoods is pleased to enter into a population health management opportunity with UnitedHealthcare.

"ACO opportunities such as this partnership with UnitedHealthcare strengthen our efforts to optimise value for all of Colorado."

"ACO opportunities such as this partnership with UnitedHealthcare strengthen our efforts to optimise value for all of Colorado.

"The collaboration will achieve this shift in volume to value by leveraging the population health management skills and resources both organisations bring to the table to enhance the consumer’s health care experience while lowering the total cost of care."

The partnership will ensure that 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 health of the population and reducing health care cost.

UnitedHealthcare Colorado president and CEO Beth Soberg said: "UnitedHealthcare continues to work with care providers state-wide to help enhance health services and improve coordination of care for patients.

"We believe our collaboration with Centura Health and Colorado Health Neighborhoods will deliver enhanced quality, better outcomes and greater efficiency for our health plan customers state-wide."