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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Penn State Health, Highmark expand collaboration with private practice physicians

More than 100 physicians in five counties join Care Partners clinically-integrated network

Camp Hill, Pa. (June 5, 2019) — Delivering on a commitment to partner with community physicians, Penn State Health, and Highmark today announced that twenty-three primary care physician practices across five Pennsylvania counties have joined Penn State Health Care Partners, a clinically-integrated network designed to share best practices and develop standards of care across the network. The twenty-three practices join thirteen existing physician group partners, bringing the total number of community practices participating in Penn State Health Care Partners to thirty six.

The practices, based in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and Lebanon counties, include more than 100 physicians and provide care to more than 200,000 residents across the region. Each physician practice will continue to own and operate their practice independent of Penn State Health and Highmark but, through participation in the Care Partners network, will be able to work collaboratively with both entities and each other to design programs and practice standards aimed at managing chronic illness as effectively as possible and increasing the overall value of the care provided.

"Our goal is to work as partners with physicians across our region to best serve the health care needs of our communities," said Dr. Peter Dillon, executive vice president for Penn State Health and president of Penn State Health Medical Group. "This collaboration is about sharing information and developing best practices that lead to better health and improved outcomes for patients, particularly for those managing chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. That’s what doctors want, it’s what patients want and it’s what our communities deserve. By becoming members of the network, these practices can also participate together in incentive programs designed to reward physicians and practices for exceeding quality care benchmarks. This includes participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Highmark’s True Performance® program."

"This partnership among Highmark, Penn State Health and community physicians has the potential to drive broad population health improvements in Central Pennsylvania," said Dr. Charles DeShazer, senior vice president and chief medical officer, Highmark Inc. "By expanding physicians’ access to clinical and data insights and aligning their efforts, the network positions primary care practices — the first line of defense in health care — to better prevent and manage health conditions. The network furthers Highmark Inc. and Penn State Health’s commitment to ensure that all Central Pennsylvanians have access to world-class, affordable, and convenient health care."

Penn State Health Care Partners is recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a clinically integrated network (CIN). A CIN is defined as a collection of health providers—such as physicians, hospitals, and post-acute care specialists—that join together to improve care and reduce costs.

CINs are designed to collect and share data from participating practices, hospitals and other care facilities in order to achieve higher quality and greater cost-effectiveness than they likely could accomplish on their own. These clinical integration programs contain initiatives with measurable results of clinical performance, reduction of unnecessary service utilization, and the effective management and support of high-risk patients.

The list of practices participating in Penn State Health Care Partners clinically integrated network can be found on the Care Partners website.

ABOUT HIGHMARK INC.

Highmark Inc. and its health insurance subsidiaries and affiliates collectively are one of America's largest health insurance organizations and together with its Blue-branded affiliates, collectively comprise the third-largest overall Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated organization in the country based on capital. Highmark Inc. and its affiliates operate health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve approximately 4.6 million members and hundreds of thousands of additional individuals through the BlueCard® program. Its diversified businesses serve group customer and individual needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related businesses. Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

For more information, contact:
Leilyn Perri
Highmark Health
717-302-4243
leilyn.perri@highmarkhealth.org