Health care is changing. Across the country, many health care organizations are collaborating to best serve their patients and members in this fluctuating environment. This collaboration is a strategic, deliberate way for our organizations to navigate a challenging health care landscape and do what's best for those we serve.
The delivery of care is moving away from treating illnesses after they occur to keeping entire populations healthy. Through greater clinical and financial alignment, we can position ourselves to accomplish these goals more quickly and more efficiently.
Changes to the health insurance landscape are prompting health insurers to look for opportunities to gain efficiency and ensure their long-term viability.
Purchasers of health care services – employers and other group purchasers, and consumers alike – have higher expectations regarding the cost, coordination and experience of care. This potential collaboration will better enable all of our organizations to meet these expectations.
A Long History of Collaboration
UnityPoint Health - Meriter and UW Health have a successful history of partnering to deliver excellent patient care. Our collaboration is a commonsense next step in our longstanding relationship and would benefit our patients and their families, the Madison community and the broader region we serve.
For many years, the two organizations have been intertwined through physician relationships, innovative care programs and community partnerships. This collaboration would leverage the complex, tertiary capabilities of the UW Health system and the community-based hospital and primary care capabilities of UnityPoint Health - Meriter.
The success of our prior partnerships have enabled coordinated care of value to patients: Our shared Mother-Baby Care program; joint ventures that resulted in the Madison Surgery Center, Wisconsin Dialysis, Transformations Surgery Center, Wisconsin Sleep and Generations Fertility Care; and most recently, efforts to partner more closely on urology and hospitalist care.
A More Formal Alignment of the Systems will Result in Even Greater Success
For UW Health, it would relieve some of the pressure on the Highland Avenue campus, and ensure its capacity is put to its best and highest use for the people of south-central Wisconsin.
For UnityPoint Health - Meriter, it's the best way to continue to fulfill the organization's community mission; serve more patients; and be positioned for long-term success.