Wayne State, Henry Ford Health dis­cuss com­bin­ing physi­cian groups

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - — Jay Greene, Crain’s Detroit Busi­ness

Wayne State Univer­sity and its med­i­cal af­fil­i­ates are talk­ing about a po­ten­tial busi­ness deal with Henry Ford Health Sys­tem.

While Wayne State al­ready has var­i­ous med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and re­search ar­range­ments with Henry Ford, the talks un­der­way since at least Jan­uary in­volve the pos­si­bil­ity of merg­ing or com­bin­ing the 1,200-physi­cian Henry Ford Med­i­cal Group with most of Wayne State’s 400-physi­cian Univer­sity Physi­cian Group, ac­cord­ing to four sources fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

A deal also could ex­pand the cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion and re­search agree­ments be­tween the two Detroit-based health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions and would have ef­fects that could re­ver­ber­ate far be­yond the two or­ga­ni­za­tions. It sig­nals that the long-term part­ner­ship be­tween Wayne State and the Detroit Med­i­cal Cen­ter may be wind­ing down.

Dr. Jack So­bel, dean of the Wayne State Univer­sity School of Medicine, con­firmed the talks with Henry Ford. He said “mul­ti­ple other” health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions also are in­volved that could help Wayne State be­come a na­tion­ally rec­og­nized aca­demic med­i­cal cen­ter.

So­bel did not spec­ify which other health or­ga­ni­za­tions, but Henry Ford has been talk­ing with health­care gi­ant Kaiser Per­ma­nente of Oak­land, Calif., the past two years about busi­ness ar­range­ments that could be a part of an en­hanced Wayne-Henry Ford re­la­tion­ship. So­bel did not deny Kaiser was in­volved in the mul­ti­party talks that also in­clude other South­east Michigan health sys­tems.

David Hefner, Wayne State’s vice pres­i­dent of health af­fairs, last week con­firmed that the univer­sity also has talked with Henry Ford and also other ma­jor lo­cal health sys­tems.

Crain’s con­tacted the four other health sys­tems in South­east Michigan. Beau­mont Health, St. Joseph and St. John Prov­i­dence de­nied they are in talks with Wayne State. McLaren de­clined to com­ment. Henry Ford of­fi­cials de­clined to com­ment on the na­ture of the talks.

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