St. Thomas Health, Nashville, is creating a new partnership akin to an accountable care organization that will start in January with employees of the hospital system and their dependents, 15,000 lives in total, according to a news release.
St. Thomas creating new care partnership
MissionPoint Health Partners brings together St. Thomas, which has four hospitals and a stake in a spinal hospital; 200 St. Thomas-affiliated physicians; Cisco Systems, which will provide its telemedicine platform; Crimson Services, a partnership with the Advisory Board to provide data and best practices to physicians; Applied Health Analytics, which will provide members with health-risk assessments and personal health plans; and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.
The goal is to make physician offices the hub for patient services, with payments based on outcomes rather than procedures, according to the release. Teams of nurses, social workers and others will supplement physician services, staying in contact with both patients and physicians.
St. Thomas employees and dependents will be members of MissionPoint starting in January. If the model proves less costly than traditional employer-sponsored health plans, St. Thomas expects to be able to roll it out to other employers starting in January 2013, according to the release.
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.