Press Releases nov. 30, 2017

Oak Street Health and UnitedHealthcare Establish New Network Relationship

People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans will have access to Oak Street Health’s innovative value-based approach to patient care, having resources committed to sharing information and identifying care opportunities.

CHICAGO (Nov. 30, 2017) – Oak Street Health and UnitedHealthcare have established a new network relationship, providing Chicagoans enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage health plans access to Oak Street Health’s 14 primary care centers in Illinois, effective Nov. 1, 2017, and the health system’s two locations in northwestern Indiana beginning Dec. 1, 2017.

Oak Street Health’s value-based care model promotes a team approach to health care that improves quality, lowers cost and enhances care coordination. This relationship will provide access to the 20,000 people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans in the greater Chicago area.

Key to the success of this new relationship is UnitedHealthcare sharing data with Oak Street Health to inform doctors of patients’ underlying medical conditions, past treatments, gaps in care, medications prescribed and future care needs. This takes the burden off patients from having to connect information from each of their doctor’s visits, reduces duplicative tests, and improves care coordination across specialties and care centers.

Through this initiative, UnitedHealthcare and Oak Street are able to identify clear, actionable information specific to individual patients’ health needs. This collaboration will help improve the ability to identify patients who are at high risk and help them reduce emergency room visits and re-admissions to the hospital, manage their chronic health conditions and more efficiently manage their medication needs.

Oak Street Health’s care model is making an impact,” said Oak Street Health CEO and cofounder Mike Pykosz. Working together with UnitedHealthcare will help us provide measurably better health for the UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan participants we serve.”

We appreciate collaborative relationships with care providers like Oak Street Health that are committed to improving the quality and cost of health care,” said Chad Pendleton, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Illinois. By working more collaboratively with local care providers and creating a more connected health care experience, we can help improve patient care and enhance people’s ability to live healthier lives.” 

Care providers nationwide are showing strong interest in a shift to value-based care. UnitedHealthcare’s total payments to physicians and hospitals that are tied to value-based arrangements have tripled in the last three years to more than $54 billion. By the end of 2018, UnitedHealthcare expects that figure to reach $65 billion.

For more information about UnitedHealthcare’s changing relationships with care providers and how value-based programs are helping to improve quality and people’s health, visit www.UHC.com/valuebasedcare and download the Value-based Care Report.

About Oak Street Health 

Oak Street Health is a rapidly growing, innovative company of community-based healthcare centers that provides higher quality health and wellness care that improves outcomes, manages medical costs, and provides an unmatched experience for adults on Medicare in medically underserved communities. By providing holistic, comprehensive, and integrated care right in our patients’ communities, we can keep our patients healthy and then reinvest cost savings in further care for those same communities and others. Since 2013, Oak Street Health has brought its singular approach to tens of thousands of people in Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan at 24 locations, and soon will open locations on the East Coast starting in Pennsylvania. Visit www.oakstreethealth.com to learn more.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.