Primary-care networks Tandigm Health and Innovative Wellness Alliance are joining in an agreement with the Huntingdon Valley, Pa.-based Holy Redeemer Health System that will bring the organizations closer to a population health model.
The cooperative arrangement joins Holy Redeemer's acute-care hospital, outpatient services, home health and long-term-care services with physicians from Tandigm and Innovative Wellness Alliance.
Tandigm is a Conshohocken, Pa.-based integrated delivery system jointly owned by DaVita HealthCare Partners and Independence Blue Cross, while Innovative Wellness is a Huntingdon Valley, Pa.-based clinically integrated network owned by Holy Redeemer and practicing physicians.
The three organizations will share the risk of managing patients as a part of the agreement, effective March 1. No formal joint venture or merger is involved and there's no change in governance for any of the organizations.
This is Tandigm's first cooperative agreement with a clinically-integrated network and a health system that provides full continuity-of-care. The agreement will allow Innovative Wellness to use Tandigm's analytic tools and real-time data capabilities, said Dr. Carl Rosenbaum, Innovative Wellness president and also vice president and medical director at Holy Redeemer home care and population management.
For Holy Redeemer, the deal allows it to build a community-based network that will enable value-based healthcare.
“We believe this relationship will accelerate where we want to go from the standpoint of population health,” said Michael Laign, president and CEO of Holy Redeemer.
Currently, Innovative Wellness has about 75 primary-care doctors, while Tandigm has about 280. Dr. Anthony Coletta, Tandigm's president and CEO, worked at Holy Redeemer for over three years as executive vice president and chief medical officer. The health system's home-care and long-term-care businesses are a particularly strong part of the collaboration, he said.
“They have a long history of developing sophisticated community-based care,” Coletta said. “Tandigm has always thought you can provide great high quality care at a much lower cost, especially preventing patients from becoming hospitalized.”
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