Saint Francis HealthCare Partners, UnitedHealthcare team up for accountable care: 3 things to know

Hartford, Conn.-based Saint Francis HealthCare Partners, a joint venture between a network of primary care and specialty physicians and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and UnitedHealthcare are collaborating through a new accountable care relationship.

Here are three things to know about the accountable care partnership.

1. Officials with both parties said the partnership will benefit more than 8,500 Connecticut residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare's employer-sponsored and Oxford health plans.

2. SFHCP and UnitedHealthcare's partnership will expand on the successful work which began a few years ago focusing on UnitedHealthcare's Medicare Advantage members.

3. Under the partnership, UnitedHealthcare — which serves more than 1 million Connecticut residents with a network of 43 hospitals and other care facilities and more than 14,500 physicians and other care providers statewide — will provide additional support to SFHCP to help manage overall population health. That support includes technology and information. According to a news release, actionable data can include patient profiles, identifying specific gaps in care and receiving real-time information about emergency room and inpatient admissions. Officials said patient navigators may also be used to support community-based care coordination, such as helping with transition plans after patients are discharged from the hospital, scheduling follow-up appointments and closing care gaps.


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