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Strategic Plan

UI Health Care's strategic plan represents a unity of interest and strategic intent among all UI Health Care stakeholders. Rather than having separate strategic plans for UI Hospitals and Clinics, the UI Carver College of Medicine, and UI Physicians, this plan represents an alignment of interest and shared ownership of the goals.

The updated plan for FY 2014-2016 presents the evolution of the six strategic goals as UI Health Care continues its strong focus on patient care, quality and safety; innovative education; leading-edge discovery; development of its people; strengthening inclusion and diversity; and achieving growth and sustained financial success, against the backdrop of health care reform, partnerships and new opportunities to serve the health needs of Iowans and the world.

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The University of Iowa Health Alliance (UIHA) includes nearly 50 hospitals and more than 160 clinics. The members of the Alliance are working together to advance the quality of health care services, improve the health status of patients and communities, and achieve efficiencies that will help member organizations reduce the rising cost of health care.

UIHA is creating a platform for sharing expertise, selected support services, and information technologies needed to succeed in the emerging "accountable care" systems and payment programs. Working together in UIHA, members will strive to increase the value of services provided, improve clinical integration among the members, provide more streamlined and coordinated care to patients, and ultimately improve the health of people in Iowa and other regions served.

University of Iowa Affiliated Health Providers, LC

UI Affiliated Health Providers was organized for two purposes:

  • Operating an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) to promote evidence-based medicine, improve and report on quality and cost measures.
  • Coordinate patient care and engage patients in improving their own health

UI Health System and Mercycare Service Corporation (Mercy-Cedar Rapids) are Members of UI Affiliated Health Providers, working together to achieve these purposes. UI Affiliated Health Providers is participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

In keeping with the federal governance requirements for the Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (MSSP ACO), UI Affiliated Health Providers activities are directed by a Board of Managers. This Board of Managers has the responsibility for the oversight and direction of the ACO, including quality of care, health promotion and wellness, care coordination, finance and budget, and communications with Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the ACO.

The five-member Board of Managers includes:

  • Timothy Quinn, MD
  • Brad Archer, MD
  • Ron Weigel, MD
  • Kenneth P. Kates, MBA
  • Carol Fethke, PhD

The administrator for the ACO is Christine A. Miller, MBA.

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The UI Health Care/Mercy-CR Accountable Care Organization (ACO)

To better serve our Medicare patients, MercyCare Community Physicians - Cedar Rapids (CR) and University of Iowa Health Care have formed the Mercy-CR/UI Health Care Accountable Care Organization (ACO). UI Health Care's and Mercy's services and capabilities complement each other and provide comprehensive care and exceptional expertise from primary care through highly specialized services.

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Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

The ICTS is one of 60 leading medical research institutions located throughout the nation participating in the Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium and is supported in part by award number 2 UL1 TR000442-06 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. Our combined resources, efforts, and commitment are transforming how biomedical research is conducted by accelerating the translation of medical discoveries into actual treatments, engaging communities in clinical research efforts, and training new clinical and translational investigators.

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Pappajohn Biomedical Institute

The mission of this new Institute is to understand the fundamentals of biology and disease and to extend our discoveries into real-life applications that improve human health. The hub of the Institute will be in the new Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building.

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Iowa Institute of Human Genetics

The Iowa Institute of Human Genetics (IIHG) is dedicated to promoting clinical care, research and education focused on the medical and scientific significance of variation in the human genome. The IIHG is a statewide resource for understanding the extent and meaning of human DNA sequence variations.

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Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

The mission of the Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging is to foster efficient and cooperative multidisciplinary and cross-college research and discovery in biomedical imaging, and to improve training and education.

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