UCare Selects Altruista Health’s GuidingCare Platform_Press Release
Sep 24, 2018

UCare Selects Altruista Health’s GuidingCare Platform to Enable Innovative Care Management Model for More Than 400,000 Members

(Sept. 24, 2018, Reston, VA) – Altruista Health today announced that nationally recognized health plan UCare has selected the GuidingCare® platform to support the management of its entire continuum of care for 400,000 Minnesotans enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid or individual and family plans. Altruista Health is a leading provider of care management and population health management technology solutions promoting streamlined care management, coordination among clinical, behavioral and community resources, accelerated quality improvement and beneficiary engagement.

Altruista will support UCare with GuidingCare modules in care management, utilization management, appeals and grievances, population health, and reporting and analytics. Altruista will also offer UCare clinicians a mobile care management app. 

“We chose Altruista’s GuidingCare platform because it offers the functionality and flexibility we need to support our complex clinical workflows and multiple lines of business,” said Mark Traynor, UCare President and Chief Executive Officer. “With 96 percent of Minnesota providers in our network, we have an ideal situation for addressing population health. The GuidingCare platform will enhance the tools and process we have in place to ensure we are able to address social determinants of health and other high priority population health measures.”

GuidingCare data analytics and its decision-support engine help identify, stratify and predict risk so preventive care measures and targeted interventions can be deployed. UCare will use GuidingCare to identify health improvement opportunities among members and deliver better experiences and outcomes.

A longtime leader in serving special populations UCare was the first Minnesota plan to offer coverage to people with disabilities, and continues to serve the largest share of members with disabilities than any plan in the state. UCare operates a 4.5-Star Medicare plan that was recognized as among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report last year.

“UCare has been a leader in addressing the complex needs of safety-net (Medicaid and Medicare) populations, and via this partnership we aim to bring best-in-class care management solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of UCare's clinical programs,” said Ashish Kachru, Altruista Health Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to working together to transform processes, reduce avoidable costs and improve patient health outcomes for Minnesotans.”

About Altruista Health

Altruista Health delivers population health management solutions that support value-based and person-centered care models. Our GuidingCare® technology platform integrates care management, care coordination and quality improvement programs through a suite of sophisticated yet easy-to-use web applications. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area, Altruista Health has grown into a recognized industry leader, and was named one of the Top 70 Population Health Management companies to know by Becker’s Healthcare. Health plans and healthcare providers in more than 35 states use GuidingCare to transform their processes, reduce avoidable expenses and improve patient health outcomes. For more information, visit www.altruistahealth.com.

About UCare

UCare is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health care and administrative services to more than 400,000 members throughout Minnesota. UCare partners with health care providers, counties and community organizations to create and deliver: 
   - National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-accredited plans for Minnesotans shopping on MNsure 
   - Coverage for adults with disabilities
   - MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance programs across the state 
   - Medicare plans with an “Excellent” NCQA rating, and a partnership with Essentia Health in northern Minnesota 
   - Programs for older Minnesotans with Medical Assistance, or with both Medical      Assistance and Medicare 
UCare addresses health care disparities and care access issues through its UCare Foundation grants and a broad array of community initiatives. UCare has received Top Workplaces honors from the Star Tribune for eight consecutive years since the rankings began in 2010.