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Marshfield Clinic Health System, Contessa Health create Partnership to operate a Home Hospitalization Program

July 21, 2016​​

​​​​​Home Hospitalization Program to improve quality, convenience, cost of services provided to members of Security Health Plan

MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) and Contessa Health today announce a new partnership to operate a Home Hospitalization Program for members of Security Health Plan. The Home Hospitalization Program powered by Contessa Health will allow patients to receive hospital-level care in the comfort of their homes at a prospective bundled rate.

Under guidance of Contessa Health's clinical and administrative protocols, Marshfield Clinic physicians will be able to provide Security Health Plan members with in-home care for acute medical conditions, including:

  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)/Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
  • Cellulitis
  • Pneumonia

The Partnership's team of care providers will deliver all necessary medical visits, lab testing and medical equipment at a prospective bundled rate for a 30-day time period. 

"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to form this partnership with Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan," says Travis Messina, Chief Executive Officer of Contessa Health. "Their tremendous success with other value-based initiatives makes them a natural partner for our home hospitalization care model."

"MCHS is moving forward in changing how we deliver care to our patients and partnering with Contessa is a good, sound step, not only for now but for the future as we grow this program together," said Susan Turney, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, MCHS. "Health care nationally is amending patient care models to bring care closer to the patient and closer to the home. We see this as a great option for those people in our communities who can benefit from recovering in their homes."

"We are very excited about working with Contessa Health on this innovative initiative since it will provide the best care for our patients," said Narayana Murali, M.D., executive director, Marshfield Clinic, and chief strategy officer, MCHS. "Our mission is to enrich lives and this initiative is a scientifically and rigorously tested model of safe hospital-level clinical care. It allows us to meaningfully lower the total cost of health care while giving the highest quality, personalized care to our eligible patients, the care they need in their own homes."

The partnership will initially focus on providing services in the Marshfield service area. MCHS and Contessa Health plan to expand to the broader Wisconsin market, enabling residents across the state to receive high-quality care, in a convenient and cost-effective manner, in their homes.      



Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS) oversees Marshfield Clinic and other subsidiaries, including Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., Marshfield Clinic Information Services, Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls and Lakeview Medical Center in Rice Lake. Marshfield Clinic, with more than 50 locations in Wisconsin, serves patients through accessible, high quality health care, research and education; with more than 700 physician specialists in 86 specialties and subspecialties and more than 6,800 employees. MCHS is overseen by a Board of Directors with 13 independent members and 11 physicians who comprise the Marshfield Clinic Board.


Contessa Health operates home hospitalization programs to manage episodic risk initiatives. By leveraging its proprietary clinical model, ContessaCare™, Contessa Health enables providers to deliver hospital-level care to patients in the comforts of their homes. Its clinical services are augmented by ContradoClaim™, a proprietary claims analytics and prospective payment technology. This platform manages the entire bundle payment revenue cycle process by allowing its payer partners to administer prospective bundle payments without disrupting existing claims processing workflows.​

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