St. Luke's Health System and Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, both of Boise, have agreed to create a coordinated-care model for patients in the state.
"We need innovative solutions and we need physicians, hospitals and insurance companies working together with patients to be successful,” said St. Luke's President and CEO Dr. David Pate in a news release. "St. Luke's Health System and Regence are leaders of innovation in Idaho, and by working together, we are now positioned to improve health, deliver even better care and lower healthcare costs for our communities."
Regence will assign members a nurse care coordinator who will work with a physician to help facilitate patient care. Regence counts about 160,000 members in Idaho, and St. Luke's employs about 10,000. They call the initiative the Healthy U CoPartner Program, and Regence has similar programs between providers and employers in Washington state and Oregon. Regence said its intensive outpatient-care program in Washington state reduced per capita spending by 20% and increased access to healthcare by 15%.