Blue Cross, DaVita forge Philly link on pri­mary care

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Jaimy Lee

A new joint ven­ture be­tween In­de­pen­dence Blue Cross and DaVita Health­Care Part­ners aims to im­prove pri­mary care and lower costs in Philadel­phia by pro­vid­ing data, re­sources and fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives to doc­tors to help them take bet­ter care of pa­tients with chronic dis­eases.

The pri­mary-care physi­cians in the In­de­pen­dence Blue Cross net­work who opt into the ven­ture, which is called Tandigm Health, will have ac­cess to care tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by DaVita Health­Care Part­ners, which op­er­ates med­i­cal groups in five states. They will also re­ceive data, additional sup­port and re­sources for pa­tients to re­ceive care out­side of the doc­tor’s of­fice to keep more of these pa­tients out of the hospi­tal.

In ex­change for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in Tandigm Health, physi­cians will re­ceive fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives for im­prov­ing care qual­ity. In­de­pen­dence Blue Cross ex­pects to see costs go down as the quan­tity of care di­min­ishes. Dur­ing a call with re­porters, ex­ec­u­tives de­clined to out­line the planned physi­cian fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives.

“Tandigm Health will re­ward doc­tors for the qual­ity of care they pro­vide, not the quan­tity of care,” said Dr. Craig Samitt, pres­i­dent and CEO of Health­Care Part­ners. “This cre­ates an in­cen­tive sys­tem based on im­prov­ing qual­ity and low­er­ing costs that ben­e­fits ev­ery­one: pa­tients, doc­tors, hos­pi­tals and the com­mu­nity.”

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