Banner Health is a nonprofit integrated system headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Banner serves Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Alaska, Wyoming, California and Nebraska. Banner has 29 hospitals, 43 affiliated physician groups, 11 Ambulatory Surgery Centers, nine skilled nursing facilities, and offers behavioral health, home health, hospice, rehabilitation and other ancillary services. Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Sun City, Arizona and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute are world renowned in their respective areas of cutting-edge research.
In February 2015, Banner Health completed a merger with the University of Arizona Health Network in Tucson, AZ to form Banner - University Medicine. Banner is now the largest health system in Arizona, and with 47,000 employees, is also the state’s largest employer.
Banner is a Level 4 integrated healthcare delivery system. It is the second highest degree of distinction. Level 4 IDNs are vertically integrated, have centralized integration and purchasing and distribution integration; most of their relationships are owned, leased or managed. For comparison, Kaiser Permanente is a Level 5 system, which is primarily a health insurer that owns and operates facilities to provide every level of care.
Banner has a Pioneer ACO (52,772 beneficiaries as of its third year reporting) and commercial ACO agreements with Cigna (20,000 beneficiaries), United Healthcare (50,000 beneficiaries) and Aetna with Banner Network Colorado that includes several large physician groups.
In August 2015, Banner reported “best ever” results for its Pioneer ACO, achieving $29 million in shared savings for 2014—about 5% of budget and a 10% increase in quality over the previous year.
Banner consistently outperforms other Pioneers for cardiac care outcomes measures.