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Two End Stage Renal Disease Networks Agree to Affiliate with HealthInsight

Salt Lake City, April 14, 2015 — The Intermountain End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network, Inc., which holds the contracts for ESRD Network 15 and ESRD Network 17, has announced plans to affiliate with HealthInsight, a nonprofit, community-based health care consulting organization, to create the HealthInsight ESRD Alliance and improve the effectiveness, efficiency and reach of quality health care for patients and providers across the western United States. Participants in the new HealthInsight ESRD Alliance will retain their corporate identities and will continue to use their current names alongside the HealthInsight ESRD Alliance name in order to continue to effectively preserve and build upon their successful work and history in these regions.

Headquartered in Salt Lake City, HealthInsight has more than 40 years of experience assisting front-line providers and engaging health care stakeholders. HealthInsight services improve outcomes and deliver measureable results that directly influence the care delivered to millions of people. As a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) HealthInsight serves Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah and in Oregon through a partnership with Acumentra Health. The organization works with health care providers, stakeholders and patient communities to transform care and improve care delivery and patient outcomes.

Intermountain ESRD Network, Inc. represents CMS ESRD Networks 15 and 17, respectively and has provided services to CMS as an ESRD Network organization since 1978. Intermountain ESRD Network, Inc. was awarded a second contract to operate ESRD Network 17 in 2006 and both Networks contracts have been operated successfully under common management and governance since that time. Operating under contract with CMS, ESRD Networks work with patients, ESRD facilities and other providers of ESRD services to refine care delivery systems to make sure patients with chronic kidney disease, ESRD, or those on dialysis or receiving kidney transplant care get the right care at the right time. Network 15 serves Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, while Network 17 serves Northern California, Hawaii, Guam, Mariana Islands-Saipan and American Samoa.

"The Intermountain ESRD Network is excited to partner with HealthInsight. Our organizations share a passion for bringing quality care to the patients we serve and believe that this partnership will further expand the capabilities for both organizations," said Darlene Rodgers, executive director of Networks 15 and 17.

The affiliation will build upon the unique strengths of the HealthInsight and the Intermountain ESRD Network teams and will also maintain the local presence of each organization. All involved in the affiliation are committed to achieving triple aim results.

"HealthInsight and its ESRD Network partners have decades of experience executing ESRD, QIO and other contracts with distinction and have built relationships with key stakeholders throughout the region, said Marc Bennett, HealthInsight president and CEO. "We look forwarding to building on that history of excellence as we create this new partnership in an effort to further improve the health and health care of those living in our region."

Under the terms of the agreement, Intermountain ESRD Network, Inc. will become a subsidiary and function as a division of HealthInsight by January 1, 2016.

About HealthInsight

HealthInsight is a recognized leader in convening and partnering with communities to improve health and health care by advancing quality, efficiency and value for patients and providers. We are leading experts in quality improvement; transparency and public reporting; use of health information technology; engaging patients to improve their health; and redesigning how care is paid for and delivered. Learn more at healthinsight.org.

About Intermountain ESRD Network

Intermountain ESRD Network, Inc. is recognized as a leader across the ESRD community for its innovative approaches to issues affecting the care of patients receiving renal replacement therapy. ESRD Network 15 and ESRD Network 17 provide expert leadership in the areas of patient-and family-engagement, grievance resolution, dialysis vascular access, patient safety, and the use of data to help drive improvement. Learn more at www.esrdnet15.org and www.esrdnet17.org.