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Ohio's Largest Health System Joins Nationwide Population Health Collaborative

March 26, 2013
by Rajiv Leventhal
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Catholic Health Partners (CHP) has joined the Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier healthcare alliance’s population health collaborative to further improve Ohio’s health status and patient care experience while containing costs.

Premier’s PACT 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,” Jeffrey Copeland, senior vice president, insurance and physician services, at CHP, said in a statement. “Collaborating with other Ohio health systems will help us connect care across the state, improving the health of communities throughout Ohio.”

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 Summa Health System, which recently announced plans to enter into a strategic partnership with CHP, and University Hospitals, 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. 

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