Genesis, MercyOne announce health services partnership

Genesis Health System and MercyOne announced Wednesday that they have entered into a partnership that aims to allow them to offer more health resources while managing costs.

The health systems have joined a multi-year agreement with MercyOne’s Partnered Provider Network that will be positioned as the Incirca Health Network. That network will work to “Improve health in our communities and reduce the total cost of care,” Derek Novak, MercyOne Population Health Services Organization president, said in a news release.

Doug Cropper

This network is comprised of health insurance payors participating in a value-based contract with Genesis and MercyOne. It will offer “personalized” access to health care through its network, according to the joint news release.

“Genesis Health System’s expertise and commitment to innovation and quality health care aligns nicely with MercyOne’s commitment to providing radically convenient care in a patient-centered approach,” Bob Ritz, MercyOne president and CEO, said. “As Genesis joins our Partnered Provider Network, we leverage the opportunity to expand the ability to deliver great health outcomes for a much larger portion of the state which brings more value for patients and payors.”

For more than 20 years, MercyOne has developed its deep expertise in value-based care, saving Iowans more than $200 million in health care expenditures while improving quality and patient satisfaction.

“This partnership will allow us to expand on our work to transform care with a focus on keeping patients well and able to manage chronic conditions before their conditions require additional interventions,” said Dr. Kurt Andersen, Genesis’ chief clinical officer/chief medical officer.

Genesis President and CEO Doug Cropper said the partnership “allows us to bring more capability to improving the health of Iowans.’’

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