Ohio’s Largest Health System Joins Nationwide Population Health Collaborative to Enhance Patient-Centric, High-Value Care

Ohio’s Largest Health System Joins Nationwide Population Health Collaborative to Enhance Patient-Centric, High-Value Care

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Catholic Health Partners (CHP) has joined the Premier healthcare alliance’s population health collaborative to further improve Ohio’s health status and patient care experience while containing costs.

To provide coordinated, accountable care, health systems need a better understanding of patient outcomes and total cost, including care delivered beyond the four walls of the care setting. Providers demonstrating these capabilities today are well on their way to adapting in a new era of healthcare, using innovative strategies and technology advances to improve efficiency and eliminate waste.

Premier’s Population Health Collaborative unites providers engaging in accountable care organizations (ACOs) to share knowledge and best practices, while measuring and benchmarking care with integrated patient data. Current membership includes 79 health systems across 40 states that represent 25 active ACOs.

CHP, Ohio’s largest health system, is a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO and has more than 50 Patient-Centered Medical Homes accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The system also prepared for the transition to value-based payments as a participant in the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Bundled Payment pilot and the Partnership for Patients collaborative.

“We’re excited about learning from the nation’s most innovative health systems as we carry forth far-reaching transformation to value-based health delivery,” said Jeffrey Copeland, senior vice president, insurance and physician services, at Catholic Health Partners. “Collaborating with other Ohio health systems will help us connect care across the state, improving the health of communities throughout Ohio.”

Premier Performance Partners Senior Vice President Wes Champion said, “Pioneering health systems that closely work together to share accountable care intelligence and establish more people-centered, coordinated care models are rare. CHP brings a wealth of innovation, knowledge and experience to PACT that will greatly benefit all members, helping them to transform the way they deliver care to the people in their communities.”

CHP is one of six Ohio-based health systems in PACT that serve 7.8 million residents – almost 70 percent of the state’s overall population. This includes , which recently announced plans to enter into a strategic partnership with CHP, and , which partners with CHP’s regional health system Mercy to provide Lorain County residents with access to advanced cancer treatments and clinical trials.

PACT has helped more than 400 hospitals in 100 markets develop core accountable care capabilities and strategies. All 20 of its member health systems that applied to a Medicare ACO program, such as the MSSP, did so successfully.

A recent based on lessons learned from PACT members details the steps to developing a successful ACO model. Chief among them is technology that seamlessly integrates sophisticated population health status measurement with aggregated data on utilization, demographics, financial performance, quality scores and other metrics. This information must be linked across the continuum to support predictive modeling, targeted services, provider evaluations and patient interventions.

PACT members collaborate to increase quality of care, improve the patient experience, lower costs, enhance hospital-physician alignment and advance toward population health management. Members already functioning as ACOs or who want to build the infrastructure to become an ACO:

Owned by health systems, including CHP, Premier comprises nearly half of the country’s acute care hospitals and 92,000 non-acute care sites that work together to lead the movement to better, more affordable care. Premier operates the nation’s largest performance improvement care network, supported by information from the industry’s most comprehensive database with 1 in 4 patient discharges, 2.5 million real-time clinical transactions a day and $40 billion in annual purchasing data. Premier’s delivers nearly $5 billion in annual savings each year.

CHP hospitals are top performers in Premier’s performance improvement collaborative, whose 333 participants have saved nearly 92,000 lives and $9.1 billion in unnecessary costs. And the health system uses Premier’s quality, safety, labor and supply chain apps on ™, the largest technology platform and social networking community in healthcare. PremierConnect links providers across the nation with patient data, evidence-based best practices and each other.

Catholic Health Partners (CHP) is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the United States, employing more than 33,000 associates in Ohio and Kentucky. With $5.6 billion in assets, CHP operates more than 100 health facilities, including 24 hospitals, 15 senior living communities, five hospice programs, eight home health agencies, and a health insurance plan. Its hospitals operate as Mercy, Mercy Health, Mercy Health Partners, Humility of Mary Health Partners, Community Mercy Health Partners and St. Rita’s Health Partners. True to its mission, CHP provided $385.4 million in community benefit services in 2012. A recent study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center showed that CHP has a $9 billion impact on Ohio’s economy. For more information, visit . CHP is also on all major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest.

Premier is the nation’s largest performance improvement alliance of more than 2,800 U.S. hospitals and 92,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by healthcare providers, Premier operates a leading purchasing network with nearly $5 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains clinical, financial and outcomes databases based on 1 in every 4 patient discharges. A world leader in measurably improving patient care, Premier has the largest performance improvement collaboratives in America, including one in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. . Stay connected with Premier on , and .