We're Stronger Together
Some 2,000 physicians are working to transform how health care is delivered through their participation in the University of Iowa Health Alliance. While maintaining their individual practices, these physicians are working together to deliver one, unified, approach to care delivery for a healthier Iowa.
UIHA offers its own Accountable Care Organization and works directly with insurance carriers and employers as it builds upon its own value-based care delivery and payment models. UIHA embraces Population Health as a means for achieving these changes.
Value-based care is physician-led, focuses on patients, and integrates across all types of health care professionals to give the right services at the right time and place. We work to actively engage patients in their own health and wellness. As our first ACO, UIHA providers are learning from and leading the implementation of the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise Healthy Behaviors Program.*
Streamlining Clinical Care
Physicians within the UIHA clinical integration team are defining new ways to simplify communications between primary care and specialist physicians. Emerging innovations now include:
- Use of Care Models for common health conditions
- Telehealth from the UI Health Care eHealth and eNovation Center© for communications between hometown physicians and Iowa City specialists promises better coordinated care for both city and rural populations
- Investment in IT technology to find gaps in care, as well as evaluate clinical goals for Population Health management.
Research & Education Opportunities
Training and mentoring opportunities are emerging across the alliance. Heart care is one of the first areas for collaboration. A Cardiology Learning Collaborative seeks to share best practices: developing pathways and protocols that will improve patient satisfaction, total cost and quality of care.
Join us as we make health care stronger for you – because we are stronger together.
*As of April 2015, 59 percent of Iowa Wellness Plan patients using UIHA providers had completed either the required Health Risk Assessment or Wellness Exam. The UIHA ACO led all Iowa ACOs in receiving a 3Q 2014 VIS bonus.