Members of the Advanced Health Collaborative will share best practices and explore opportunities to reduce costs by investing in care-management infrastructure. The state's new all-payer model, in which hospitals receive a predetermined reimbursement for care based on the size of the populations they serve, is a driving force for the collaboration.
The systems involved in AHC, which comprise 10 hospitals altogether, are: Adventist HealthCare, Gaithersburg; LifeBridge Health and Mercy Health Services, both in Baltimore; Peninsula Regional Health System, Salisbury; and Trivergent Health Alliance. Trivergent encompasses Frederick (Md.) Regional Health System; Meritus Health, Hagerstown; and Western Maryland Health System, Cumberland.
“What we're doing … is investing in care-management infrastructure,” said Robb Cohen, CEO of the new collaborative. “It gives everyone access to lower costs and best practices.”