UnitedHealthcare and the Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin (IHN) exceeded their clinical quality targets in the first year of operations, due to enhanced care coordination for patients and better sharing of clinical and financial data.

In a joint statement, the companies said during the first year of the program, more patients received the preventive care they needed, took action to manage their chronic health conditions, avoided unnecessary trips to the emergency room and increased their use of lower-cost generic prescriptions. Compared to 2012:

  • Breast cancer screenings increased by nearly 7 percent

  • Colorectal cancer screenings increased by more than 5 percent

  • Diabetic screenings increased by more than 4 percent

  • Unnecessary emergency room use decreased by 4 percent

  • The use of generic prescription drugs increased by more than 2 percent

IHN is a clinically integrated accountable care network that launched the ACO with UnitedHealthcare in 2013. The agreement covers more than 60,000 lives.

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