Sacramento-based Sutter Health and UnitedHealthcare have renewed their network relationship. This gives people enrolled in the latter’s employer-sponsored and Medicare Advantage plans access to Sutter Health facilities and physicians through 2017.
Importantly in the new world of health care, moving by fits and starts to pay for value from fee for individual service, both organizations said the renewal expands the use of performance-based incentives designed to reward Sutter Health physicians for the quality (as opposed to quantity) of care while better managing medical costs.
This includes providing some Medicare patients with access to Sutter Health’s Advanced Illness Management program. This is a home-based approach to provide chronically ill patients with physical and emotional support.