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Highmark partners with DaVita

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A new partnership between Highmark Inc. and DaVita will initially target patients in Western and Central Pennsylvania.

Pittsburgh-based insurer Highmark has a significant presence in the midstate, and DaVita, a provider of kidney care services across the U.S. and internationally, is a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc.

Highmark hopes to slow rising health care costs for members with end-stage renal disease by improving the quality of medical care and delivering better clinical outcomes, according to a news release.

"We want to work with providers to pay for value," Robert Wanovich, Highmark vice president of market strategy and delivery, said in the release. "This new, shared-savings program is a good example of a collaboration where both companies can benefit and, ultimately, deliver better care to the member."

"Someone facing end-stage renal disease usually gets treatment several times per week," he added. "There is a lot of opportunity for patient education and improved coordination of care."

It is estimated DaVita will reach about 500 Highmark members with ESRD through the partnership.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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