UnitedHealthcare, Quest Diagnostics create partnership

UnitedHealthcare and Quest Diagnostics have established a partnership, the pair jointly announced Thursday.

The partnership will focus on “ways to create more personalized care recommendations and a simpler consumer experience for the more than 48 million people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare plans.”

Quest will be in network for all UnitedHealthcare plans, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

The two companies will collaborate on a number of value-based programs, they said, like utilizing real-time data sharing to better anticipate care options and reduce gaps in care.

“Lab data is quickly becoming the personalized roadmap that identifies the path to the next best action for individual patients,” said Dan Schumacher, president and chief operating officer, UnitedHealthcare. “With the addition of Quest to our network we will now be able to work together on an even broader scale, and we appreciate that Quest has helped develop a value-based approach to lab services that will focus on improving patient outcomes, better coordinating care with physicians, and meaningfully reducing costs.”

Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to expand our relationship with UnitedHealthcare, and excited about the framework of this agreement, which builds on Quest’s growing relationship with UnitedHealth Group,” said Steve Rusckowski, chairman, CEO and president of Quest Diagnostics. “We believe consumers are best served when they have access to the unmatched convenience, access, quality and value that Quest offers. We look forward to serving all UnitedHealthcare members in the U.S., beginning in 2019.”