UnityPoint Health Partners and UnitedHealthcare are collaborating to provide coordinated health care that improves care quality and reduces costs for more than 36,000 residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer-sponsored health plans in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Waterloo and the Quad Cities.
This new accountable care organization (ACO) between UnityPoint Health Partners and UnitedHealthcare will help shift Iowa’s health care system from one based on volume of care to one that rewards quality and value. UnityPoint Health Partners’ network of physicians will manage all aspects of patients’ care, providing the right care in the right place at the right time.
The ACO will help participating physicians and hospitals improve transitions of care for patients and facilitate improved communication with all who are involved in a patient’s treatment. Primary care physicians in the ACO will receive regular patient updates, enabling them to monitor all of the care each patient is receiving, and maintain all clinical information about each patient in a secure patient registry.
UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plan participants who are currently served by the participating care providers will not have to do anything differently to receive the benefits of this new ACO, which include enhanced care coordination and follow-up, beginning Oct. 1.
“Our culture is patient-centered and physician-led, and providers are encouraged to engage and participate in efforts to move us along our journey toward value-based care. The partnership with UnitedHealthcare will allow us to continue to move the dial in the areas of care coordination, transparency, improved quality, patient experience and overall value,” said Kevin Vermeer, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of UnityPoint Health and CEO of UnityPoint Health Partners. “UnityPoint Health Partners participates in several value-based arrangements. Regardless of where providers and physicians are in their journey toward value-based care, we have options for them to become involved.”