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Mercy, Mosaic Life Care and University of Missouri Health Care collaborate: 4 things to know

St. Louis-based Mercy, St. Joseph, Mo.-based Mosaic Life Care and Columbia, Mo.-based University of Missouri Health Care have formed a multi-state provider network.

Here are four things to know about the collaboration.

1. The new collaborative, MPact Health, will be designed "to allow members to work together as equal partners on common goals while enabling each health system to serve the health care needs of its communities and preserve its independence and unique identity," according to the parties involved.

2. The three health systems will work with each other to share best practices in business, clinical and operational practices.

3. The work of MPact Health will be conducted by task forces comprised of leaders and physicians from each health system. Specific initiatives already underway by task forces include: expanding telemedicine to areas of Missouri that are underserved; enhancing healthcare quality led by physician teams; creating a database for analytical research and evidence-based medicine to support population health management; working with payers to offer innovative network options that are patient-centered and offer high-quality care at a lower cost; and exploring the development of a clinically integrated network of employed, independent and private practice physicians focused on improving healthcare quality and outcomes, according to the systems.

 4. MPact Health will be governed by a nine-member board composed of three members from each system.


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