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Announcement 2013

AtlantiCare / Geisinger News and Views

Articles and commentary covering the announcement of the AtlantiCare-Geisinger Letter of Intent

 

HealthLeaders Media, Geisinger, AtlantiCare Enter ‘Integration’ Talks
Posted online 11-15-13, by John Commins
http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/print/LED-298387/Geisinger-AtlantiCare-Enter-Integration-Talks

Current/Shore News Today, AtlantiCare and Geisinger sign letter of intent to benefit patient care
Posted online 11-14-13 at 4:51 p.m.
http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/galloway-twp/galloway-twp-general-news/46533-atlanticare-and-geisinger-sign-letter-of-intent-to-benefit-patient-care.html

Roonte.com, AtlantiCare, Geisinger plan health-care partnership
Posted online 11-15-13, links to Philadelphia Inquirer article of 11-13-13 by Harold Brubaker
http://www.roonte.com/www/atlanticare-geisinger-plan-healthcare-partnership

About Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®.

As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 20,800 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, seven hospital campuses, two research centers and a 448,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy.

The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service.

For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.

Glossary

A+ Rated Health Organization

Overall financial profile, including liquidity and debt service.
(http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130611006272/en/Fitch-Affirms-AtlantiCare-Health-System-Rev-Bonds)

Affordable Care Act

The comprehensive healthcare reform law enacted in March 2010. The name “Affordable Care Act” is used to refer to the final, amended version of the law. (https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/affordable-care-act/)

AtlantiCare Physician Group

AtlantiCare Physician Group, a physician-owned corporation, provides the highest-quality, most convenient healthcare to our community. Services include primary care (family medicine and internal medicine), OB/GYN, urgent care, neurology, bariatric surgery, general surgery and vascular surgery. (http://www.atlanticarepg.com/)

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

AtlantiCare is a 2009 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence. (http://www.atlanticare.org/index.php/awards-a-recognition)

Centers of Excellence

Specific clinical areas of expertise, which are a magnet for patients in the regional service area and beyond. AtlantiCare has seven Centers of Excellence, recognized for their exceptional patient care and customer service: Joint Institute, Cancer Care Institute, Heart Institute, Neurosciences Institute, Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Women’s Health and Wellness, and Level 2 Trauma Center.

Geisinger Health Insurance

Geisinger Health Plan (GHP) has approximately 290,000 members and is consistently recognized for quality. A not-for-profit health maintenance organization (HMO), the plan serves the healthcare needs of members in 43 counties throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania, and in New Jersey. GHP continues to develop new products to help meet employers’ needs for plan options. “Solutions” is a variation of the standard HMO with a lower premium due to increased cost sharing for some services. Geisinger Health Plan Direct offers HMO coverage without the need for a referral. “Geisinger Choice” PPO products are available through Geisinger Quality Options, Inc., an affiliate of GHP. These options provide more flexibility in plan design and premium than the standard HMO. (http://www.thehealthplan.com/index.cfm)

Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System (GHS) is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including ProvenHealth Navigator®, an advanced medical home model, and ProvenCare® program. GHS serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. (http://www.geisinger.org/)

Letter of Intent

A document outlining an agreement between two or more parties before the agreement is finalized.

Mainland Campus Transformation Project

The 35,000-square-foot expansion of the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s Mainland Campus in Galloway, which will include an addition to the hospital, upgrades to the existing facility and additional enhancements. (http://www.atlanticare.org/index.php/news-feed/913-atlanticare-board-approves-armc-mainland-campus-transformation-project)

Population Health

The systematic management of health outcomes relative to cost of a group of individuals.

ProvenCare®

Geisinger’s intensive treatment program that ensures that the best care is delivered to patients at the right cost and in the right setting. (http://www.geisinger.org/provencare/)

Special Care Center

AtlantiCare’s Special Care Centers feature a nationally recognized team-based care model for patients with complex and/or chronic conditions. The team includes a primary care physician, a personal health coach who is by the patient’s side every step of the way to keep the care team informed of the care plan and progress, as well as other clinical experts. The SCCs also feature convenient on-site pharmacies. (http://www.atlanticare.org/index.php/special-care-center)

Triple Aim Goals

A framework developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement focusing on improving the patient experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. Simply, delivering quality outcomes and experience for less cost for a group or population of people. (http://www.ihi.org/offerings/Initiatives/TripleAim/Pages/default.aspx)

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AtlantiCare Signs Definitive Agreement to Become a Member of Geisinger Health System

After a thorough year-long search process to find the right partner to continue our transformation of healthcare, we have signed a definitive agreement to become a member of the Geisinger Health System of Danville, PA.

This decision is momentous for AtlantiCare, our staff, our physicians and the people who live and work here in southeastern New Jersey. We believe that joining Geisinger will strengthen our ability to innovate healthcare and improve the quality, experience and value for our patients and the communities we serve.

We expect to complete this transaction after what is expected to be approximately a year-long regulatory review process.

 

Use the resources on this web site to learn more. Here you can access the official press release, information about Geisinger and much more.


About Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®.

As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents...learn more

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