CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. (Sept. 23, 2019) – CareMount Medical and UnitedHealthcare have established a new network relationship, providing people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans access to more than 600 CareMount Medical primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice professionals throughout the Hudson Valley. The organizations are also launching an accountable care program that will encourage better health, better care and a better experience for CareMount patients enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans.
Through the new accountable care relationship, UnitedHealthcare will provide an enhanced level of data and support to CareMount to enable its providers to deliver more comprehensive care to their patients. For example, UnitedHealthcare will share data about its members’ underlying medical conditions, past treatments, gaps in care, medications prescribed and future care needs.
The data will be actionable and specific to individual patients, giving CareMount physicians a fuller picture of their patients’ health status and arming them with valuable information that supports their efforts to provide quality care. For example, physicians can more easily identify patients who are at higher risk for an adverse health outcome such as an emergency room visit or readmission to the hospital, allowing them to intervene more quickly. They can also use the data to reduce duplicative tests and help patients manage their chronic conditions and take their medications as prescribed.
Ultimately the accountable care program will improve care coordination across specialties and care settings. This in turn can lead to a better experience for UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members and CareMount patients and reduce the burden of having to connect information from each of their doctor visits themselves.
The accountable care relationship with UnitedHealthcare is one of many risk-based payment models that CareMount participates in to help lead to improved health outcomes and lower costs for its patients. Currently, CareMount serves approximately 40,000 Medicare patients through risk-based contracts. The new relationship with UnitedHealthcare allows CareMount to expand patient choice.
“Expanding our relationships to include UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans provides our patients with enhanced benefits and program options while still emphasizing affordability,” said Scott D. Hayworth, M.D., FACOG, president and CEO of CareMount Medical. “Good health goes beyond physical care, which is why we take an approach to health and wellness through programs such as care coordination. The goal is to help seniors live healthier lives.”
“Our collaboration with CareMount through this new accountable care model will support our shared goal of improving both the quality and cost of health care,” said Phillip Franz, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement in New York. “We’re always looking for ways to provide a better health care experience for those we serve through our Medicare Advantage plans and believe this new relationship with CareMount will help us do that.”
In New York, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 4.1 million people enrolled in Medicare, employer-sponsored, individual and Medicaid health plans with a network of 286 hospitals, and more than 99,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.
Patients can learn more about UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans at local educational events CareMount Medical hosts throughout the year. For a complete calendar listing, visit www.caremountmedical.com/medicare.