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Southeastern Health Partners and UnitedHealthcare Launch Initiative to Improve Quality of Health Care

Southeastern Health Partners (SEHP) and UnitedHealthcare have launched an accountable care program focused on improving quality while delivering more efficient health care.

This relationship between Southeastern Health Partners and UnitedHealthcare demonstrates a commitment to providing patients with the right care, at the right time and at the right place, resulting in higher-value health care for all involved.

This new relationship provides Southeastern Health Partners with the industry expertise, data and support to treat patients, using an innovative, value-based model focused on keeping people healthy. UnitedHealthcare shares data with Southeastern Health Partners about patients’ underlying medical conditions, past treatments, gaps in care, medications prescribed and future care needs. This data sharing enables Southeastern Health Partners to reduce duplicate tests and improve coordination across doctor offices, specialties and care settings more effectively.

“We are excited about the opportunity to work with UnitedHealthcare, who we view as a like-minded partner working to improve patient care. This relationship offers the opportunity for SEHP to align economically to our triple aim: working to improve community health, elevate the patient experience through coordinated care, and lower health care costs,” said Southeastern Health Partners CEO Blake Allison.

In the value-based care model, Southeastern Health Partners and UnitedHealthcare can identify clear, actionable information specific to an individual patient’s health needs. This collaboration also improves the ability to identify patients at high risk for chronic disease. The program will help reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital readmissions, and will help patients manage their chronic health conditions and take needed medications.

Approximately 16,000 people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s employer and individual health plans are eligible to benefit from this collaboration.

“UnitedHealthcare and Southeastern Health Partners are mutually committed to improving the quality and cost of health care,” said Garland Scott, CEO, UnitedHealthcare South Atlantic. “By working more collaboratively with local care providers and creating a more connected health care experience, we can help improve patient care and enhance people’s ability to live healthier lives.”

More than 15 million people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans across the country have access to accountable care programs, delivered in part through more than 1,000 accountable care arrangements nationwide as the organization engages in deeper, more collaborative relationships with physicians and hospitals.

Care providers nationwide are showing strong interest in a shift to value-based care. UnitedHealthcare’s payments to physicians and hospitals that are tied to value-based arrangements now total $72 billion.