Public-private partnerships to address shifting health data, insurance challenges
January 12, 2017
In 2014, Anthem Blue Cross (NYSE: ANTM) and Blue Shield of California put $80 million into forming a statewide health information exchange. The result was the California Integrated Data Exchange. Now, Cal INDEX and the Inland Empire Health Information Exchange are merging to create a claims and records database comprising information from some 16 million patients and 150 providers. Claudia Williams, former White House technology senior advisor, will lead the new organization as CEO starting February 1.
In other healthcare news, Centene (NYSE: CNC) has agreed to partner with the North Carolina Medical Society and the North Carolina Community Health Center Association to establish a patient-focused approach to Medicaid under the reform plan passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2015 to privatize that program. Under the agreement, the combined organization will create a joint venture, Carolina Complete Health, to administer a physician-led health plan to provide Medicaid managed care services for patients in North Carolina. Centene will run the financial and daily operations.