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Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Medical Providers - Providence and Facey - Align to Prepare for Obama Plan

Two San Fernando Valley area medical providers said Monday that they have formed an affiliation to better deal with the national health care law declared constitutional last week by a divided U.S. Supreme Court.

Providence Health Services of Southern California and the Facey Medical Foundation and Facey Medical Group said the goal of the affiliation is to prepare for changes in the national healthcare landscape while making "quality health care more accessible, affordable and efficient."

The first step will focus on streamlining medical records keeping.

This fall Providence will start installing a new record-keeping network in all of its medical facilities from Alaska through California and Facey doctors will eventually be tied into it, said Michael Hunn, Providence's CEO.

The project will cost nearly $1 billion and be finished sometime in 2014, he said.

The new system will give Providence and Facey doctors better access to patient records, cut down on duplicate services and reduce costs.

Hunn noted that the national spotlight is on health care, how it will be delivered and how quality and patient satisfaction can be improved.

And there will likely be more kinds of these alliances formed as the new healthcare law is implemented.

"There is no doubt that across the U.S. there will be continuing opportunity for health systems and physicians to work in collaboration in order to better coordinate care and reduce cost," Hunn said.

The affiliation will not bring any material changes to either organization.

Torrance-based Providence operates Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills and the Tarzana Medical Center.

Mission Hills-based Facey has 165 doctors and operates 10 medical offices in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Simi and San Gabriel valleys.

Bill Gil, CEO of the Facey Medical Foundation, said the affiliation has three goals.

"How do we take care of more patients, how do we provide better quality care and how do we do it at less costs," he said.

Source:  Daily News, Greg Wilcox


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