Healthways and Mercy, the sixth largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States, will collaborate on an eight-tiered strategy to deliver more efficient and effective solutions for total population health management. The aim of the collaboration is to keep healthy people healthy, empower people to reduce modifiable lifestyle risks and address acute and chronic disease which afflict the populations served.
The opportunity to bring these combined capabilities to regional employers and insurance companies that serve them is significant, healthways said in a press release.
The following eight “Imperatives for Success” form the foundation for the new collaboration:
- Enhance physician alignment with integrated and independent physicians;
- Develop innovative and market-unique product offerings for consumers, employers, payors and governments;
- Manage the well-being of populations across the healthcare continuum;
- Grow and strengthen market share;
- Manage care transitions and form high-performing disease management networks;
- Manage financial risks associated with caring for populations;
- Drive excellence in clinical performance;
- Leverage a strong brand.
Mercy, one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, was recently named one of St. Louis’ Healthiest Employers by the St. Louis Business Journal. Officials say it has gained a reputation for leading change in the communities that it serves with a particular focus on delivering a transformative health experience. Working from the heart of the community through a fully optimized EHR has been key to its success, Mercy officials say.
By collaborating with Mercy, Healthways brings experience in well-being improvement coupled with consultative and change management capabilities to serve as the foundation for the transformative array of physicians, clinicians, healthcare facilities and services.
Source: Healthways, November 15, 2012
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