Employer Direct Healthcare is expanding its SurgeryPlus® Surgeons of Excellence network to include Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute as a cardiothoracic surgery in-network provider. This expansion will improve access for SurgeryPlus® members to high-quality care for planned heart, vascular, and thoracic surgeries.
Cleveland Clinic is a leader in cardiovascular care and provides a top-tier patient experience for those with common to complex heart conditions. For the 26th consecutive year, Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked as the best in the nation, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “2020-21 Best Hospitals.” The Cleveland Clinic has also earned the top ranking for the past few years by the Society for Thoracic Surgery, a validated, independent assessment of reported outcomes data, as one of very few programs that received three star rankings (the best) for the five most common heart operations.
Unique to the SurgeryPlus® experience, Lars Svensson, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute, will review members’ medical records to determine which Cleveland Clinic physician is best suited to conduct their surgery or procedure. This partnership provides access to world class surgeons and surgical teams to treat some of the most complex cardiothoracic needs of SurgeryPlus members with best-in-class outcomes.
“We are proud to welcome Employer Direct Healthcare to our Center of Excellence Program,” said Dr. Svensson. “This relationship will allow us to provide access to high-quality heart care to Employer Direct Healthcare’s members and their families, in a cost-efficient way.”
Employer Direct Healthcare’s Surgeons of Excellence network is comprised of a carefully curated network of physician leaders with notable performance outcomes for their respective disciplines. Ryan Burke, Managing Director of Employer Direct Healthcare commented, “the inclusion of Cleveland Clinic and their cardiothoracic surgeons in our Surgeons of Excellence network provides enormous value to our SurgeryPlus® members with heart healthcare needs. We are deliberate in our network development so that we can ensure the highest quality of care while also reducing or eliminating the financial burden so many patients encounter. This collaboration with Cleveland Clinic means that our members can access the care they need, have the greatest opportunity of desirable health outcomes, and ensure a reasonably economical cost to both the member and their employer.”
Together, Employer Direct Healthcare and Cleveland Clinic are uniquely positioned to achieve outstanding health care outcomes while the industry continues to move in a direction favoring a comprehensive and outcome-oriented health care delivery model.