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Major Market Movement Toward Alternative Payment Models Spurring Provider Partnerships With Premier, Inc.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pressure to create alternative payment models has led to a significant increase in provider interest in partnering with Premier, Inc. (Nasdaq:PINC) to develop and implement population health management strategies.

The following providers signed population health advisory services agreements with Premier this calendar year to develop clinically integrated networks, and implement Medicare shared savings and state-based Medicaid payment models.

  • Ellis Medicine of Schenectady, New York, a 423-bed community and teaching healthcare system with four campuses serving New York's Capital Region.
  • Innovative Health Alliance of New York (IHANY), LLC, which is the first accountable care organization (ACO) in Albany and a partnership between Ellis Medicine and St. Peter's Health Partners, two of the region's largest health systems.
  • LifeBridge Health of Baltimore, which includes three hospitals and several other related subsidiaries and affiliates.
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System of New York, a health system with 19 hospitals, more than 400 outpatient physician practices, 12,000+ affiliated physicians, and a vast network of skill-nursing, rehabilitation, home care, hospice and other services.
  • Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center of Show Low, Arizona, a private, not-for-profit organization with 89 licensed beds.

"The Affordable Care Act and the recently enacted sustainable growth rate (SGR) replacement legislation are increasingly pushing providers away from fee-for-service and toward alternative payment models, such as ACOs and episodic bundled payment programs. Given the pace of change, these models are rapidly becoming the new normal," said Wes Champion, senior vice president of Premier Performance Partners. "These leading health systems join numerous other Premier members that are developing the infrastructure and care delivery models needed to succeed in this rapidly changing environment."

In 2014, KLAS ranked Premier as having the best overall performance in providing advisory services to support ACO initiatives.

A key element to developing alternative payment models is clinical integration across the healthcare continuum, including physicians, hospitals, post-acute and home health providers. A clinically integrated network is one of the first steps in aligning physicians, health systems and payers to collectively and financially commit to improving the quality and efficiency of care delivered to the population it serves.

"Our clinically integrated network will help to improve care coordination, communication across providers and the ability to share savings, as well as align incentives around making improvements in population health and achieving the triple aim," said James K. Reed, MD, president and CEO of St. Peter's Health Partners, and board member of IHANY. "Premier is a key partner in helping us create the network structure necessary to integrate medical staff and support our Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO in partnership with Ellis Medicine."

In addition, Premier is supporting several New York hospitals as they develop and implement alternative payment models as part of the state's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. DSRIP is a New York state Medicaid program that was formed to restructure the healthcare delivery system through investments in population health management infrastructure and performance based payments, with the primary goal of reducing avoidable hospital use by 25 percent over five years.

Premier also partners with the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) and its subsidiary Nexera, Inc., to support enhanced services to their member hospitals as they navigate the transition from volume-based to value-based payment models advanced by DSRIP and other initiatives.

"Premier members understand the need to build better partnerships with physicians to succeed under the new physician payment system, whether in their clinically integrated network, MSSP ACO, state Medicaid programs or through employment," said Champion. "Alternative payment models take time to structure and implement. For those that have not started, it's clear that now is the time to build these capabilities."

Implementing alternative payment models requires analysis, collaboration, education and structure. With years of experience in working with health systems to build accountable care capabilities as part of its PACT™ Population Health Collaborative and population health advisory services, Premier offers health systems a proven model with which to identify, replicate and scale success across the industry. Premier provides population health data management analytics, benchmarking services and dedicated experts to support the development of alternative payment model capabilities and implementation.

About Premier, Inc.

Premier, Inc. (Nasdaq:PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,400 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier's news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare and Premier's blog for more information about the company.

CONTACT: Morgan Bridges-Guthrie, Premier, Inc.; Morgan_Bridges@PremierInc.com; 704.816.4152

Source:Premier, Inc.