University Health Network and Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network join forces to create statewide value-based healthcare alliance

Sept. 28, 2018

The University Health Network (UHN), a clinically integrated network and accountable care organization (ACO) based in Knoxville that includes The University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) and University Physicians’ Association, as well as various partnerships and joint ventures with physicians and healthcare companies across East Tennessee, announces an affiliation with the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN), a network of providers working together to transform healthcare to be more proactive, accessible, and affordable for all. The new relationship with UHN creates a statewide network that can improve the quality and reduce the cost of healthcare across Tennessee.

The agreement creates a relationship between UHN, which is comprised of 87 practices and 1,000+ providers who are members of the UPA, and VHAN’s 12 health systems, 60+ hospitals, 350+ practices, and 5,000 providers, that will advance innovation, transformation, and value in healthcare.Through this connection, all providers participating in UHN, including UTMC, are in-network for people across Tennessee who are covered by select insurance plans working with VHAN.

Founded in 2012, VHAN is a collaborative alliance of physicians, health systems, and employers driving a new level of clinical innovation and teamwork to enhance patient care, contain costs, and improve the health of communities in Tennessee and surrounding states. As a provider-led organization, VHAN also creates innovative solutions that improve the quality and value of healthcare across the Southeast through value-based agreements on behalf of more than 300,000 people.

Both organizations recognize that progressive health systems must seek out new ways to improve the quality, value and experience of healthcare services for patients across Tennessee.

With UHN’s participation, VHAN now offers access to high-quality healthcare for employers and families across Tennessee and surrounding states, including the Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville metro areas, as well as numerous rural communities.

Physician leaders from both organizations are currently collaborating on strategies for quality and value improvement in multiple clinical and operational areas.

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