Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System and Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke’s University Health Network have agreed to extend Geisinger health plans to almost 50 Pennsylvania counties.
“The systems will share population and value-based payment model data and create a sponsored Medicare Advantage product to provide recipients access to services not covered under traditional Medicare and Medigap plans. In addition, more than 10,000 St. Luke’s employees will be placed on Geisinger’s health plan, effective Jan. 1,” reported Becker’s Hospital Review.
The development is one of the more dramatic demonstrations of hospital systems expanding insurance offerings to achieve the cost efficiencies and customer loyalty that some systems see as needed in the developing value-based world of healthcare.
“When you get to the heart of it, we are two organizations focused on taking the best care of patients and we’re excited to partner with a healthcare system that aligns with our vision and values,” said David Feinberg, M.D., Geisinger president and CEO. “Geisinger is thrilled to expand the scope of our relationship with St. Luke’s to advance population health, improve quality and provide better access to care.”
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