Health Leaders Network, a health management effort launched in 2014 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, will grow to more than 100,000 patients this year.
More than 850 providers throughout the state have partnered with the health system in a network designed to improve patients’ health, increase access to care and control health care costs.
The Franciscan Missionaries’ population health management effort is part of a national push to control costs. In Louisiana, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Ochsner Health System have launched similar efforts.
Patients do best when their team of physicians and caregivers work together across the entire care experience, said Dr. Richard Vath, president of the Health Leaders Network and senior vice president of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is the parent company of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette.
Partners in the network include family doctors and specialists, as well as facilities such as Woman’s Hospital and the Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.
The number of patients under the care of Health Leaders Network grew from 17,000 to more than 80,000 in one year. Organizers say that number will top 100,000 patients in 2016.
Other similar efforts also are growing rapidly.
Ochsner Health Network includes 25 hospitals, more than 100 clinics and other care facilities, and about 3,400 doctors. The network cared for more than 141,000 patients in 2015.
The Ochsner network, like others, tries to get its providers to follow best practices, which reduces costs and improves results.
The network also improves buying power and helps with leadership training and development.
Meanwhile, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana reported its Quality Blue program, which includes five physician groups caring for more than 130,000 patients, trimmed an average of 1.7 percent off their total health care costs.