COLUMBUS, Ohio., Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Six of Ohio's leading health systems have agreed to form a large-scale entity whose mission is to improve the value of health care services delivered to patients and communities throughout Ohio.
Called the Midwest Health Collaborative (MHC), it is comprised of the following health systems, representing 40 hospitals and hundreds of care sites across Ohio:
While remaining independent, these six health care organizations will work together to:
Assess the feasibility of creating a statewide provider network.
Exchange best practices.
Develop innovative ways to deliver health care across large populations.
Reduce care variation.
Key MHC initiatives over the next several years will focus on supply chain and cost transformation, identifying tailored and innovative payment models, and creating an actively managed large-scale network.
The MHC members seek to increase value to the communities they serve and to their collective organizations, through:
A commitment to active clinical management.
The development of standardized care pathways.
The use of real-time data and predictive analytics to enhance personalized care.
An optimization of patient-centered medical homes and care coordination skills through collaboration.
With more than 100,000 employees collectively, there will be an emphasis on sharing best practices in employee health programs through plan benefit design analysis and best-in-class wellness initiatives and programs.
Nationally, the health care industry is moving toward a value-based framework rather than traditional fee-for-service model. This shift has spurred increased activity by health systems to explore new and innovative ways to work together while remaining independent.
Considerable research was conducted in identifying potential benefits of such a collaboration in Ohio including the development of a comprehensive eight-week study to determine the interest in an actively managed statewide network.
The leaders of the MHC recognize the strength of the collaborative and benefits of pooling their resources and expertise to positively impact the health of populations across Ohio.