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CBJ Report: UI Health Care to withdraw from UI Health Alliance, dissolve ACO

File photo of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. (CBS2/FOX28)

UI Health Care to withdraw from UI Health Alliance, dissolve ACO

University of Iowa Health Care leaders have notified the three health systems that comprise the UI Health Alliance of its decision to withdraw from the alliance and to dissolve the UI Health Alliance's Accountable Care Organization.

The UI Health Alliance was established in 2012 and the UI Health Alliance ACO was formed in 2015, with the aim of allowing the four member entities to contract together to provide coordinated care to patients across 18 hospitals and 3,000 providers. The three other health systems that comprise the alliance are Cedar Rapids-based Mercycare Service Corporation, Davenport-based Genesis Health System and West Burlington-based Great River Health Systems.

In a statement released to the CBJ, UI Health Care said the alliance has enabled collaborations and trust that have been valuable to each of its members. However, given the rapidly changing health care environment, reductions in federal and state reimbursements, uncertain financial headwinds and looming cuts in state appropriations to the University of Iowa, continuing to participate in the Alliance and its ACO has become increasingly difficult.

Withdrawing from the alliance and dissolving its ACO will allow UI Health Care to continue to fulfill its missions of patient care, medical education and training, and research responsibly and sustainably, the statement said, adding that the decision was made after considerable deliberation.

UI Health Care will continue to collaborate with other health systems in ways that improve the delivery of high-quality, affordable care, the statement said, and the decision will not affect patient care quality or availability at any of the four institutions.

ImOn launching free Wi-Fi service in IC Ped Mall

ImOn Communications has announced it will launch a free Wi-Fi service in Iowa City's Pedestrian Mall in a joint venture with the Iowa City Downtown District.

The commercial grade network will cover the Ped Mall between S. Clinton Street and S. Linn Street and offer access to ImOn's high-speed 10 gigabit fiber network. It will be built with advanced technology that has the ability to adapt and optimize the network based on environmental factors to provide increased reliability and better coverage.

The new ImOn free public Ped Mall Wi-Fi network will be able to handle hundreds of simultaneous users and will be covered by 24/7/365 local support. The general public will receive two hours of free access daily to the Wi-Fi network, while ImOn internet customers will have unlimited daily access.

ImOn has partnered with Ovation Networks of Cedar Rapids for the installation and maintenance of the Ped Mall Wi-Fi network.

MAiNGREDIENT plans new concept in IC's Northside

The Corridor restaurant firm behind Beer Burger and Eden Lounge & Night Club has lined up some key supplier partnerships to for its latest new restaurant concept in Iowa City.

MAiNGREDIENT has announced plans to open a new meat and fish market/dining concept, the Meat & Seafood Company, in the former Motley Cow space at 160 N. Linn St. The company is partnering with food distributor U.S. Foods, with Boston Fish Market for fish delivered to the restaurant within 24 hours of processing, and with Stock Yards Meat Packing for gourmet Midwestern beef.

"The deal to pull together the logistics between all partners was monumental in making this work,” MAiNGREDIENT founder and CEO John Burchert stated in a press release.

The atmosphere of the restaurant will aim for a "social vibe, which encourages sharing and conversation," the company said in a press release. Meat & Seafood Company will offer a sociable setting for group dining. Those customers who prefer to bring home fresh seafood or a choice cut of meat will be able to do so by ordering at a counter.

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