6 Health Care Systems form Wis. Partnership

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

Six Wisconsin health care organizations have announced a pioneering statewide network. They say the partnership is a new pathway for patients to access the highest quality health care across the state and region, the organizations expect the network to serve as a new model for the nation.

The partnership was developed to build upon and advance the clinical quality, efficiency and customer experience attributes that are well-documented and shared among the six organizations.

The partnership’s founding members and their headquarters locations include:

• Aspirus, Wausau
• Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee
• Bellin Health, Green Bay
• Gundersen Health System, La Crosse
• ThedaCare, Appleton
• UW Health, Madison

“Our vision is to use our collective resources wisely by being good stewards of the clinical, administrative, IT, research, patient experience, care management and other shared expertise within our six systems,” said Greg Devine, president and CEO of the partnership. “We want to provide better value in health care.”

The partnership plans to expand coverage options, and is evaluating other insurance carriers and administrative products. “Employers and government purchasers now have access to the economic and clinical benefits of a more efficient, high quality network of care for their employees and families across the state,” said Devine. “Our aim is that the partnership will be featured in insurance plans that serve the needs of individual purchasers, as well as national employers that have a statewide presence or that are headquartered in areas we serve.”

Jeff Thompson, MD, chair of the partnership’s board of directors, and CEO of La Crosse-based Gundersen Health System, said. “Our promise to our patients and the communities we serve is to deliver high quality, lower cost health, and to improve the health of the populations we serve. This is a true partnership among our six organizations, not a merger or consolidation. It will allow us to more rapidly learn from each other, share best practices, and serve the needs of patients and families more efficiently.”

The partnership said they are open to expanding membership to include other health organizations that have a demonstrated record of delivering quality, value-based care.

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