News Release: Aria Health and Lumeris Team To Optimize Contract Performance

Value-based Initiative Helps Deliver Quality Care at Lower Cost for Northeast Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA AND ST. LOUIS — February 19, 2014 — Aria Health and Lumeris today announced a value-based initiative to improve the quality of care for nearly 20,000 Aria Health patients in Northeast Philadelphia by optimizing Aria Health’s performance on Independence Blue Cross’ (IBC) primary and accountable care payment models. The initiative supports Aria Health’s community-based approach to population health and maximizes its investment in nearly 200 employed and affiliated physicians through clinical integration arrangements at the health system’s three hospital campuses, three emergency departments, two outpatient centers, and multiple independent practice locations. These physicians will utilize Lumeris’ technology-enabled solutions to make better value-based decisions that lead to quality care at lower cost, as well as enable greater continuity of care, transition management and care management.

“Our commitment to serving the diverse needs of our patients and our population continues with this value-based initiative,” said Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aria Health. “Our partnership with Lumeris will help us evaluate our performance on key metrics such as reducing hospital readmission rates and increasing life-saving health screenings. This level of data transparency will allow our providers to more proactively address the preventive, socioeconomic and disease-specific needs of our population, and respond with the appropriate care, in the appropriate place, at the appropriate cost that is critical to our mission.”

As part of the initiative, Lumeris’ Accountable Delivery System Platform (ADSP)® will aggregate and interpret claims data from the health insurer and clinical data from the health system’s electronic medical records, giving Aria Health and its providers an unprecedented, comprehensive picture of the care its patients are receiving across the care continuum.  Using this information, Lumeris will help Aria Health fully realize opportunities for incentives under IBC’s innovative accountable care model called the Integrated Provider Performance Incentive Plan (IPPIP), and their primary care-focused Quality Incentive Payment System (QIPS), which rewards doctors and hospitals for delivering quality, coordinated and efficient care.

Lumeris’ solutions are purpose-built to support new, value-based care delivery models including those between a collaborative payer and an integrated health care delivery system.  Specifically, Lumeris will deliver its Clinical Data Integration, Care Management, Quality Management, Utilization Optimization, and practice workflow redesign solutions to help Aria Health as it optimizes performance on health plan value-based contracts.  Lumeris’ advanced analytics, tools and reports will provide insight into improvement opportunities for Aria Health, while Lumeris’ consulting and training offerings will support Aria Health’s providers in their efforts to deliver better care at lower cost.

“Lumeris is proud to partner with Aria Health to help its physicians and hospitals improve collaboration and coordination, and provide safe, high-quality and cost-effective care for consumers,” said W. Michael Long, Chairman and CEO of Lumeris. “We are uniquely positioned to help Aria Health and its providers deliver on the goals of the Triple Aim Plus One: better health outcomes, lower costs and improved patient plus physician satisfaction.”


Aria Health is the leading healthcare provider in Northeast Philadelphia and Lower Bucks County.  Aria’s three acute care hospitals and growing network of outpatient centers and physician uphold a longstanding tradition of providing advanced medicine and personal care to the region. With 485 licensed beds, Aria employs over 4,000 and has a medical staff membership of more than 1,000.  To learn more, please visit us at or call 1-877-808-ARIA (2742).


Lumeris is an accountable care delivery innovation company offering health systems, payers and providers operational support, technology and consulting services. Our technology-enabled solutions and services help health care organizations design, build, operate, measure, and optimize any accountable care model to accomplish the Triple Aim Plus One: better health outcomes, lower costs and improved patient plus physician satisfaction. The depth and breadth of Lumeris’ solutions — combined with its near decade of experience in accountable care — make the company an ideal partner for any health care organization seeking the benefits of a better connected, aligned and informed accountable delivery system. For more information, call 1.888.586.3747 or visit