Cleve­land Clinic net­work adds Bay­lor Scott & White

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Beth Kutscher

Bay­lor Scott & White Health is join­ing the Cleve­land Clinic’s car­dio­vas­cu­lar net­work in another ex­am­ple of ma­jor aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ters com­ing to­gether to ex­pand their reach.

The Cleve­land Clinic in Au­gust formed a car­dio­vas­cu­lar al­liance with North Shore-LIJ Health Sys­tem, des­ig­nat­ing the Great Neck, N.Y.-based sys­tem as its ex­clu­sive part­ner for heart-re­lated re­fer­rals in the New York re­gion. North Shore be­came the sec­ond mem­ber of the Cleve­land Clinic’s Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Spe­cialty Net­work, which also in­cludes Med­Star Health in Columbia, Md.

Ma­jor aca­demic health sys­tems are form­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions as a way to ex­per­i­ment with ac­count­able care or­ga­niza- tions and at­tract in­sur­ers, said Sarah Wilson, an an­a­lyst at Decision Re­sources.

“Health sys­tems want to re­tain their in­de­pen­dence,” she said. “A lot of them are do­ing well on their own. They have a lot of clout in their mar­ket­places. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, health sys­tems that are do­ing well are will­ing to take more risk with this abil­ity to put a lit­tle more money on the line.”

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