Five Mis­souri health sys­tems form pop­u­la­tion health net­work

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Bob Her­man

Five Mis­souri health sys­tems, led by an aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter, have cre­ated a loose al­liance fo­cused on im­prov­ing the health of the pop­u­la­tion and re­duc­ing costs along the way.

Univer­sity of Mis­souri Health Care, a $706 mil­lion, four-hospi­tal teach­ing sys­tem based in Columbia, will be the cor­ner­stone of the group, Health Net­work of Mis­souri. The part­ner­ship, which is not a merger, is yet an­other ex­am­ple of health sys­tems iron­ing out col­lab­o­ra­tive strate­gies with­out com­bin­ing their bal­ance sheets. The other four af­fil­i­ates of Health Net­work of Mis­souri are Both­well Re­gional Health Cen­ter, Sedalia; Cap­i­tal Re­gion Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Jef­fer­son City; Han­ni­bal (Mo.) Re­gional Health­care Sys­tem; and Lake Re­gional Health Sys­tem, Osage Beach. To­gether, the five sys­tems have 9,300 em­ploy­ees and about 1,000 em­ployed and af­fil­i­ated physi­cians.

Mitch Was­den, CEO and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Univer­sity of Mis­souri Health Care, said that bet­ter care for area res­i­dents at a lower cost is the core of the ar­range­ment. By shar­ing pa­tient data and send­ing pa­tients to the ap­pro­pri­ate provider, the mem­ber hos­pi­tals be­lieve costs across each or­ga­ni­za­tion will go down. The sys­tems will not, how­ever, seek con­tracts with Medi­care or pri­vate in­sur­ers as an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion, he said.

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