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Tandigm Health Signs Landmark Agreement with Holy Redeemer Health System and Innovative Wellness Alliance

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Feb. 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tandigm Health, Holy Redeemer Health System and Innovative Wellness Alliance (IWA) today announced a landmark agreement to improve the delivery of quality health care, reduce costs, and enhance patient satisfaction. Under the agreement, more than 75 primary care physicians from IWA, a physician-led, patient-centered organization, along with Holy Redeemer's extensive network of inpatient, outpatient, home health, and long-term care services, will collaborate with Tandigm Health and its growing network of primary care physicians. These physicians will benefit from Tandigm Health's clinical expertise, analytic tools, and real-time data to help them better manage difficult chronic conditions, expedite preventive care, and deliver more cost-effective, high-quality care. As a result of this collaboration, Tandigm will have a network of more than 350 primary care physicians.

The deal marks Tandigm Health's first cooperative arrangement with both a clinically integrated network of primary care physicians, and a health system that provides a full continuum of health care services. The agreement will be effective March 1, 2015.

"Enthusiasm for our model among primary care physicians in our region has exceeded our expectations," said Dr. Anthony Coletta, president and CEO of Tandigm Health. "This innovative agreement with Holy Redeemer and IWA truly accelerates our vision to improve quality and lower the costs of health care in one of the largest and most expensive health care markets in the United States. Together, we can ensure that patients are receiving the best care in the right settings and that the physicians and health system are rewarded for improving quality and efficiency."

Tandigm Health, based in West Conshohocken, PA was formed in April, 2014, by affiliates Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and DaVita HealthCare Partners (NYSE:DVA). Tandigm Health enables the primary care physicians in its network to provide superior care to patients, emphasizing the quality of care, not the quantity of care.

IWA was formed in January, 2014 as a clinically integrated network comprised of primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and Holy Redeemer to improve quality and manage the cost effectiveness of care. Holy Redeemer is uniquely qualified to deliver excellent care in the most appropriate and cost-effective environment because it has facilities and services that cover the continuum of care from in-patient hospitalization to home care to long-term care.

"Forging this collaborative relationship among Tandigm, IWA, and Holy Redeemer will advance necessary change in our region to bring value to the health care consumer, employers and others who pay for health care services," said Michael Laign, president and CEO of Holy Redeemer Health System.

"As primary care physicians, our goal is to keep our patients healthy and guide them to the most effective care they may need, from home care to hospital care. IWA's agreement with Tandigm Health will give us greater access to the resources and processes we need to provide the highest standard of care," said Dr. Carl Rosenbaum, president of IWA and vice president and medical director of Holy Redeemer home care and population management.

About Tandigm Health

In April 2014, affiliates of Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners joined together to form Tandigm Health, LLC. Tandigm Health is a unique company that draws on the expertise of Independence, one of the country's largest, most innovative Blue insurers, and DaVita HealthCare Partners, a nationally recognized leader of physician-centric care, in creating a network of physicians that are dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable health care in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Tandigm Health enables the primary care physicians in its network to provide superior care to patients, emphasizing the quality of care, not the quantity of care. For more information please visit tandigmhealth.com.

About Holy Redeemer Health System

With an emphasis on providing a continuum of care, Holy Redeemer Health System remains true to the mission to care, comfort and heal that its sponsors, the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, began in our region in 1924 – to provide high quality, compassionate care. Today, Holy Redeemer offers a wide range of healthcare and health-related services, including an acute care hospital, home health and hospice services, two skilled nursing facilities, personal care, a retirement community, low-income housing, an active living community, and a transitional housing program for homeless women and children. With corporate offices in Huntingdon Valley, PA, Holy Redeemer Health System is a Catholic healthcare provider, serving southeastern Pennsylvania and 12 counties in New Jersey, from Union County south to Cape May County. For more information, please visit holyredeemer.com.

About Innovative Wellness Alliance

The Innovative Wellness Alliance, LLC (IWA) is a Clinically Integrated Network, formed in January 2014 by a visionary group of primary care physicians along with leaders from Holy Redeemer to improve quality and manage the cost effectiveness of care. An expanding organization, IWA is currently comprised of more than 80 independent and employed primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, along with Holy Redeemer. IWA's mission is to provide high quality, patient-centered health care with sustainable value, which is physician-directed in an integrated, interdependent and innovative delivery environment. It seeks to develop models of care that work best for purchasers of health care, including consumers, employers, governmental and commercial payors. For more information please visit innovativewellnessalliance.com.

CONTACT: Media contacts: Ruth Stoolman Independence Blue Cross Ruth.stoolman@ibx.com 215-241-4807 (office) 215-667-9537 (mobile) Barbara B. L'Amoreaux Holy Redeemer Health System blamoreaux@holyredeemer.com 215.938.3227 (office) 267.688.6001 (mobile)Source:Tandigm Health