Cerner invests in Lumeris as vendors take aim at value-based care

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Cerner is teaming with Lumeris, which offers managed services to insurers and organizations in value-based care programs, to help providers and health plans streamline redundant process that burden patients and providers.

The program is called Maestro Advantage and is aimed at organizations engaged in or seeking to adopt value-based care arrangements, with the goal of reducing long claims processing and reimbursement cycles, improving data sharing and improving the quality and outcomes of physician-patient encounters.

The new program, expected to remain in effect for 10 years, is ambitious as it is designed for patients to receive enhanced access to primary care and a level of service previously available only via concierge medical programs. Improving the use of data is the key to success, says Brent Shafer, chairman and CEO at Cerner.

“By using data to reduce or eliminate unnecessary costs and ineffective transitions of care, providing doctors and their patients with a more complete view of their medical history … this collaboration with Lumeris aligns well with our mission and illustrates the potential of Cerner technology to positively impact healthcare economics and outcomes in deeper, more impactful ways than before,” Shafer says.

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Lumeris will use Cerner’s HealtheIntent platform to combine its clinical methodology and data analytics to provide improved outcomes and lower costs. Lumeris is acting as a long-term operating partner with Cerner for payers and providers moving to value-based care by aligning payer contracts that will engage physicians in participating.

The platform integrates actionable data and insights into provider workflows, leveraging the providers’ existing investments in health information technology.

“Prevention and wellness will become the top priority rather than treatment and ‘sick’ care,” says Mike Long, chairman and CEO at Lumeris. “Physicians and care teams will get access to timely data and easy-to-use actionable insights at the point of care.”

To accelerate Lumeris’ outreach to aid providers and health plans transitioning to value-based care, Cerner has made an undisclosed investment in Lumeris.

Both vendors will work to identify providers best positioned to participate, particularly large delivery systems.

First implementations of Maestro Advantage are expected in the second half of 2018, with significant implementations during 2019, according to the vendors.

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