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Holy Spirit announces physician partnership program

Holy Spirit Health System has announced a physician partnership program with insurer Coventry HealthAmerica.

Based on the patient-centered medical home model, the program involves personal physicians leading clinical teams to take responsibility for patients’ ongoing care across the health care system, including subspecialty care, hospitals, home health agencies and nursing homes. The team also follows up with patients between visits.

Holy Spirit, a community Catholic health system based in East Pennsboro Township, began similar programs with HealthAmerica in 2011. HealthAmerica’s parent company is Coventry Health Care, a publicly traded company based in Maryland.

Dr. Peter Cardinal, medical director of Holy Spirit’s medical practices, said in a news release that the partnership will help “place a stronger focus on preventing illnesses and improving the coordination of care.” It also is designed to decrease the need for emergency room visits and hospitalization for patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure.

Dr. Robert S. Mirsky, chief medical officer of Coventry HealthAmerica, added that the partnership will equip physicians with data they couldn’t access before. He said the quality and cost data his company tracks will be critical for coordinating care and reporting on results.

Heather Stauffer

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