Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and Grand Forks, N.D.-based Altru Health System have entered into a "contractual relationship" that will give Altru's almost 200 doctors access to Mayo's clinical guidelines and disease-management protocols as well the ability to have electronic consults with Mayo specialists.
Mayo Clinic, N.D.'s Altru Health affiliate
Mayo spokesman Karl Oestreich said he didn't know of any financial terms connected to the arrangement.
"We've had a referring relationship with Altru," Oestreich said. "This just stepped up the relationship from what it's been, but Altru remains independent—but now they can say they are affiliated."
According to a news release, Mayo pediatric cardiologists have traveled to Grand Forks to provide care to Altru patients, and Altru oncology patients have had access to clinical trials conducted by Mayo involving new cancer treatments.
"While others quickly consolidate to address healthcare reform and an uncertain reimbursement environment," Mayo Clinic President and CEO Dr. John Noseworthy said in the release, "at Mayo we are focused on further developing our integrated model of practice, education and research, as well as a range of external affiliations and relationships to give more people seamless access to the knowledge and expertise of Mayo Clinic."
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