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Hackensack Meridian Health and UnitedHealthcare Working Together to Improve Quality and Keep People Healthy in New Jersey
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Hackensack University Medical Center

• Accountable care model promotes a team approach to patient care
• Care providers from across specialties working together to coordinate patient care
• More resources committed to sharing information and identifying care opportunities for patients

Hackensack Meridian Health and UnitedHealthcare are working together in a new accountable care program to improve the quality of health care in New Jersey and enhance care coordination by promoting a team approach to patient care.

The new relationship comes at a time when clinical advances and new technologies are redefining how care providers and health plans work together to support patients who are becoming more engaged in managing their health and well-being. Through the accountable care program, Hackensack Meridian Health will provide patient care under an innovative, value-based model focused on keeping people healthy through the delivery of quality, coordinated health care.

Many patients – particularly those with complex or chronic illnesses – find they sometimes have to connect information from each of their doctor’s visits themselves, and may receive duplicative tests or health care that isn’t coordinated. UnitedHealthcare shares data to help map the many steps in a patient’s health care treatment, from the clinic or pharmacy, to a hospital admission or ER visit.

Through this accountable care relationship, Hackensack Meridian Health and UnitedHealthcare use this data together to better coordinate patients’ health care. Using technology that enables sophisticated population health management, the two organizations are able to identify clear, actionable data specific to individual patients’ health needs and potential missed care opportunities – such as an annual cervical or a colorectal cancer screening.

“Our multispecialty physician leadership and population health analytics have given participating Hackensack Meridian Health Partners practices the ability to increase quality and efficiency while reducing redundancy and health care costs,” said Patrick Young, president of Population Health at Hackensack Meridian Health. “We are enhancing care coordination across care settings, and our partnership with UnitedHealthcare enables Hackensack Meridian Health to provide improved care to more patients in our community.”

This collaboration also improves the ability to identify patients at high risk and help them reduce emergency room visits and readmissions to the hospital, manage their chronic health conditions and take their needed medications.

More than 25,000 people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored and individual health plans are eligible to benefit from this collaboration.

“UnitedHealthcare and Hackensack Meridian Health are mutually committed to improving the quality and cost of health care,” said Paul Marden, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey. “By working more collaboratively with local care providers and creating a more connected health care experience, we can help improve patient care and enhance people’s ability to live healthier lives.”

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 1.7 million New Jerseyans with a network of 102 hospitals and over 35,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

More than 15 million people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans across the country have access to accountable care programs, delivered in part through more than 800 accountable care arrangements nationwide as the organization engages in deeper, more collaborative relationships with physicians and hospitals.

Care providers nationwide are showing strong interest in a shift to value-based care. UnitedHealthcare’s total payments to physicians and hospitals that are tied to value-based arrangements have tripled in the last three years to more than $54 billion. By the end of 2018, UnitedHealthcare expects that figure to reach $65 billion.

For more information about UnitedHealthcare’s changing relationships with care providers and how value-based programs are helping to improve quality and people’s health, visit WWW.UHC.COM/VALUEBASEDCARE and download the VALUE-BASED CARE REPORT.




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