UIHA and United HealthCare collaborate on Medicare Advantage product

November 17th, 2017

The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) and UnitedHealthcare are launching an accountable care program that promotes a team approach to health care and improves quality, lowers costs and enhances the coordination of people’s care.

This new accountable care relationship enables UIHA’s health care organizations, including University of Iowa Health Care, Genesis Health System, Mercy-Cedar Rapids and Great River Health Systems, to treat patients using an innovative value-based model focused on keeping people healthy. UnitedHealthcare shares data with UIHA to inform doctors of patients’ underlying medical conditions, past treatments, gaps in care, medications prescribed and future care needs. This takes the burden off patients from having to connect information from each of their doctor’s visits themselves, and reduces duplicative tests and improves care coordination across specialties and care settings.

Through this initiative, UIHA and UnitedHealthcare are able to identify clear, actionable information specific to individual patients’ health needs. This collaboration also improves the ability to identify patients at high risk and help them reduce emergency room visits and readmissions to the hospital, manage their chronic health conditions and take their needed medications.

“Our multispecialty physician leadership and population health analytics have given participating UIHA practices the ability to increase quality and efficiency while reducing redundancy and health care costs,” said Jennifer Vermeer, CEO, University of Iowa Health Alliance. “We are enhancing care coordination across care settings, and our new accountable care relationship with UnitedHealthcare enables our health care organizations to provide improved care to more patients in our community.”

More than 5,000 people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage health plans are eligible to benefit from this collaboration.

“UnitedHealthcare and University of Iowa Health Alliance are mutually committed to improving the quality and cost of health care,” said Chad Pendleton, CEO, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement of Iowa. “By working more collaboratively with local care providers and creating a more connected health care experience, we can help improve patient care and enhance people’s ability to live healthier lives.”

More than 15 million people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans across the country have access to accountable care programs, delivered in part through more than 800 accountable care arrangements nationwide as the organization engages in deeper, more collaborative relationships with physicians and hospitals.

Care providers nationwide are showing strong interest in a shift to value-based care. UnitedHealthcare’s total payments to physicians and hospitals that are tied to value-based arrangements have tripled in the last three years to more than $54 billion. By the end of 2018, UnitedHealthcare expects that figure to reach $65 billion.

For more information about UnitedHealthcare’s changing relationships with care providers and how value-based programs are helping to improve quality and people’s health, visit www.UHC.com/valuebasedcare and download the Value-based Care Report.