The partnership will be similar to the accountable care arrangements that UnitedHealthcare has with more than 1,100 hospitals and 110,000 physicians, in that the two entities will use real-time data sharing to help anticipate consumers’ health care options and needs. The goal of the partnership, using data analytics from Quest, will be to reduce gaps in health care for UnitedHealthcare customers.
“Lab data is quickly becoming the personalized roadmap that identifies the path to the next best action for individual patients,” said Dan Schumacher, president of UnitedHealthcare, in a statement.
The collaboration aims to develop benefit designs focused on prompting individuals to use cost-effective in-network labs.
Quest, which is already an in-network lab for a limited number of UnitedHealthcare plans in some markets today, has 6,000 patient access points and will be in network nationwide for all plan participants beginning Jan. 1.