UnitedHealthcare and five southeastern Wisconsin healthcare providers that are part of Quality Health Solutions have agreed to form an accountable care initiative to serve more than 100,000 patients covered through employer-sponsored health plans.
Quality Health consists of seven organizations, but the announcement includes only the five members in southeastern Wisconsin. The agreement involves Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, Wis., and four Milwaukee-based organizations—Columbia St. Mary's, Froedtert Health, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and the Medical College of Wisconsin. They include 18 hospitals and about 3,000 physicians. These providers account for about $650 million of UnitedHealthcare's annual physician and hospital reimbursements in Wisconsin. The initiative will start Jan. 1.