July 26, 2016

Marshfield, Contessa Health in Wisconsin form partnership on bundled payments for home care

Home hospitalization program will allow members of the Security Health Plan, which Marshfield Health owns, receive hospital caliber care at home.

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Marshfield Clinic Health System and Contessa Health have formed a new partnership to operate a home hospitalization program in Wisconsin.

The program, run by Contessa Health, will allow members of the Security Health Plan to receive hospital-level care in their homes at a prospective bundled rate, according to a statement.

Care includes medical visits, lab testing and medical equipment at a prospective bundled rate for a 30-day period.

Marshfield, which has more than 50 clinic locations in the state, runs the Security Health Plan of Wisconsin.

The move will lower costs while giving patients hospital-level clinical care in their homes, said Narayana Murali, Marshfield chief strategy officer and executive director of the Marshfield Clinic.

“Our mission is to enrich lives and this initiative is a scientifically and rigorously tested model of safe hospital-level clinical care,” Murali said.

Acute medical conditions treated in the home include congestive heart failure; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism; urinary tract infection; cellulitis; and pneumonia.

Marshfield has had success with other value-based initiatives, according to Contessa Health CEO Travis Messina.

“Healthcare nationally is amending patient care models to bring care closer to the patient and closer to the home,” said Susan Turney, M.D., CEOfficer, MCHS. “We see this as a great option for those people in our communities who can benefit from recovering in their homes.”

The partnership will initially focus on providing services in the Marshfield service area. MCHS and Contessa Health plan to expand to the broader Wisconsin market, they said.

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