|[November 13, 2012]
Anthem Blue Cross, University of California Health Form Alliance
WOODLAND HILLS & OAKLAND, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Anthem Blue Cross and University of California Health - UC's medical
centers and health professional schools - announced today the launch of
a groundbreaking alliance aimed at addressing some of the most critical
issues facing the state's health care delivery system. Under this new
agreement, Anthem and UC Health will focus on care innovation and
California health policy development with the purpose of improving
access to affordable, quality health care for California residents. The
parties have named this joint venture the California Health Alliance.
Both expect an enduring and productive association that will benefit the
people of California.
With all five of the world-class UC academic health centers in Anthem's
network, both organizations have a long-standing history of serving
residents throughout the state and are uniquely positioned to understand
the health care needs of Californians. And, as the state prepares to
expand health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), both
organizations believe that today more than ever a collaboration of this
type can effectively address the impact expected on the state's health
delivery system as more residents prepare to access medical services.
Among some of the initial areas of focus of this alliance will be the
development of accountable care models to better manage costly chronic
conditions and the expansion of alternate delivery systems, such as
telemedicine to encourage wellness and prevention and, provide access to
health care for residents in rural areas. In addition, this new alliance
is expected to provid opportunities for research, analysis, literature
development and policy recommendations.
"We know that residents of the state look to a future that includes
access to quality health care that is affordable," said Pam Kehaly,
president of Anthem Blue Cross. "By teaming with the University of
California Health, we are bringing together some of the most innovative
minds to help us achieve a common goal: to improve the health and
wellness of California residents."
"As two of the state's leading organizations, this new affiliation has
the ability to revolutionize California's health care delivery system,"
said John Stobo, M.D., senior vice president for UC Health. "By coming
together, we know we can develop meaningful research, policy and best
practices that can be leveraged on a broader scale to help improve the
state's health care system and the health of the population at large."
About Anthem Blue Cross:
Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem
Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are
independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association. ® ANTHEM is a
registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross
name and symbol are registered marks of the Blue Cross Association.
Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross
Life and Health Insurance Company is available at www.anthem.com.
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About UC Health:
University of California Health includes five academic health centers -
UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC San Francisco - with 10
hospitals and 18 health professional schools and programs on seven UC
campuses. For more information, visit http://health.universityofcalifornia.edu.
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