Cleve­land Clinic takes car­diac net­work to New York

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Bob Her­man

The Cleve­land Clinic has cho­sen North Shore-Long Is­land Jewish Health Sys­tem in Great Neck, N.Y., as its exclusive part­ner in New York for heart-care re­fer­rals.

The re­gional af­fil­i­a­tion has two pri­mary tenets: en­hanc­ing heart-care qual­ity and con­tract­ing, said Cleve­land Clinic Heart & Vas­cu­lar In­sti­tute Chair­man Dr. Bruce Ly­tle.

Un­der the part­ner­ship, North Shore-LIJ will treat pa­tients in need of car­diac care who are in Cleve­land Clinic’s na­tional net­work of large em­ploy­ers, which in­cludes com­pa­nies such as re­tail chains Wal-Mart Stores and Lowe’s. Ly­tle said the heart al­liance will also seek con­tracts with ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions and other en­ti­ties that may not have the ca­pac­ity to han­dle com­plex car­di­ol­ogy cases.

Ly­tle said this type of al­liance—called the Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Spe­cialty Net­work— is es­sen­tial as providers in­creas­ingly work to­gether to man­age chronic con­di­tions and im­prove out­comes for their re­spec­tive pop­u­la­tions.

Dr. Stan­ley Katz, North Shore-LIJ’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent of car­dio­vas­cu­lar ser­vices, said the af­fil­i­a­tion will be a “huge dif­fer­en­tia­tor in a mar­ket well­re­garded for the qual­ity of car­diac care.”

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