Four Iowa Health Systems Form Alliance

From Wall Street Journal Martketwatch:

Four of Iowa’s premier health care organizations announced today they are creating a health care alliance in Iowa and contiguous areas. The announcement was made in a statewide press conference, held today in several cities simultaneously.

The new alliance, to be called University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA), will include over 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics. The members of the alliance will work together to advance the high quality of health care services, to improve the health status of patients and communities, and to achieve efficiencies that will help member organizations reduce the rising cost of care for their patients.

UIHA will create a platform for sharing expertise, selected support services and information technologies needed to succeed in the emerging “accountable care” systems and payment programs. Working together in UIHA, members will strive to increase the value of services provided, improve clinical integration between the members, provide more streamlined and coordinated care to patients, and ultimately improve the health of people in Iowa and other regions served.

Members of the new alliance are Mercy Health Network, Genesis Health System, Mercy-Cedar Rapids, and University of Iowa Healthcare.

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