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Physicians see Legacy Health Partners improving care delivery

November 2013

A few months ago, we told you about the formation of a physician work group advising Legacy on the development of a clinically integrated network called Legacy Health Partners (LHP).

Physicians are at the table helping to shape key elements of this new partnership, underscoring Legacy’s commitment to pluralism. The LHP work group includes about 20 independent physicians, as well as representatives from Legacy. It has been meeting over the last couple of months to discuss the rapidly changing health care environment and the increased opportunities for collaboration.

How to add value

During the first meeting, the group discussed potential LHP goals and ways in which this new partnership could add value to the patient populations that we serve.

The group agreed that a successful partnership would provide improved continuity of care and quality outcomes, as well as optimized technology solutions. Other indicators of success would include improved satisfaction and engagement of both patients and providers.

Benefit for participants

Another work group topic was the types of support and benefits participants would get from being a part of LHP. The group prioritized the top three benefits as:

  • Enhancing the continuum of care, e.g., care management services and systems that support seamless transitions and communication between all areas that impact patient care
  • Pooling ancillary services, e.g., the opportunity to share services such as behavioral health, physical therapy, dieticians, etc.
  • Leveraging technology, e.g., IT support, increased connectivity between EMR systems

The next steps for the work group include a more in-depth discussion about participation criteria for LHP members, as well as the different models for this kind of partnership, based on other clinically integrated networks across the country.

When the group concludes its meetings in November, it will make recommendations about how LHP should be structured and what the next steps for participation and implementation should be.

We will continue to share updates with you about this important endeavor.

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