U.R.N. Programs for Specific Diseases: Kidney Resource Services

End stage renal disease (ESRD) is a complex condition with considerable economic implications. Ongoing care can cost $15,000 – $40,000 per month and kidney failure leads to multiple co-morbidities such as cardiovascular disease, which is twice as common in ESRD patients. There is a significant variance in the quality of care provided to dialysis patients, with 40% of Medicare-certified dialysis facilities not meeting minimum standards of anemia management for 80% of their patients. U.R.N. provides clinical consulting and administrative services that can reduce complications and costs associated with ESRD, and U.R.N. fee structure ensures clients receive a high ROI for these services. Absence of negotiated contracts is costly, with some clients facing markups of over 500% on dialysis services.  Non-standard billing is not uncommon. U.R.N.’s Chronic Kidney Disease Extended Provider Network Services can help manage the cost while maintaining quality of care by focusing on the following:

  • Medicare Eligibility Management
  • Contractual Discounts
  • Claim Audit/Re-pricing


Summit ReSources Portfolio of Services

As a result of the survey and client conversations, the following Summit ReSources portfolio of services was structured.  Each vendor underwent a stringent due diligence process. An onsite visit to the primary facility providing the service was part of the process for the majority of the vendors. If you would like to learn more about any of the programs or have any questions, please contact Debbie Stubbs or Laura Pearce.   If there are other programs you think we should consider adding to Summit ReSources, please let us know. Transplant Management

United Resource Networks (URN)

URN offers consulting expertise and access to over 100 of the nation's most prestigious medical centers specializing in organ and tissue transplantation. Specialized Physician Review services are also available, whereby our customers can obtain independent, expert medical opinions of the appropriateness of proposed transplants for     specific members and in the area of congenital heart disease.

URN also has a Congenital HeartDisease program, which includes   access to a network of facilities that excel in the treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD).  The CHD programs complement the heart transplant expertise found within the URN transplant network.

Claim Recovery

Health Decisions, Inc. (HDI)

HDI specializes in benefit management services that produce a 3:1    return on investment within 12 months, while leaving current coverage intact.  HDI provides claim recovery and enrollment support services.

Disease Management

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National PPO Network

GlobalCare, Inc.

By offering access to a 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week Medical Help Desk, as well as through relationships with over 100 PPO networks andnegotiators, GlobalCare allows your members to have medical assistance and network access anywhere in the United States and around the world.

Predictive Modeling

Integrated Healthcare Information Services, Inc. (IHCIS)

Impact Pro is IHCIS’s industry-leading, rules-based predictive modeling tool that produces a measure of future relative risk, a prediction of future health care costs,  relative risk for an inpatient admission and the probability of one or more admissions for each   enrolled member of a health plan. These measures of risk can be used in medical management and have financial, actuarial and underwriting     applications. Impact Pro is used by leading health plans and clinicians across the United States, serving more than 30 million Americans.

Non-Network Claims Management

Global Claim Services (GCS)

GCS specializes in clinical and financial claims reviews, offering a personalized, process-oriented approach for out-of-network medical claims and fee negotiations for inpatient and out-patient facilities, professional services and ancillary fees.

Neonatal Intensive Care Management

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Catastrophic Illness and Injury

Paradigm Health Systems, Inc,

The highly skilled staff specializes in management of a variety of catastrophic medical events, such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, complex burns and severe trauma.

Summit ReSources Portfolio of Services: Disease Management

Cost savings from proactive disease management coupled with patient self management through education: Health Management Corp., Inc.

This award-winning health and disease management company addresses high-cost, high-impact conditions to achieve definitive value for health plans, employers and government entities.  Disease management is available for asthma, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, diabetes, low back pain and metabolic disorders (e.g. obesity).

Quality Oncology

Quality Oncology, a subsidiary of Matria Healthcare, Inc., is the largest and most experienced provider of comprehensive cancer treatment support programs. Quality Oncology’s approach utilizes the expertise of seasoned oncology nurses and physicians, assisted by a state-of-the-art, web-based Integrated Care Management system with embedded evidence-based cancer treatment guidelines.

Matria Healthcare, Inc.

Total Health Enhancement Solution includes a combination of preventive, educational and care management services and programs designed to curb costs while improving employee health. Programs include maternity (including gestational diabetes and high-risk pregnancy), neonatal intensive care, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure,   diabetes, depression, acute low back pain, and obesity management.

United Resource  Networks

URN’s Cancer Resource Services program targets the relatively small number of complex cancer patients that drive the majority of the medical expense related to the treatment of cancer.

EnvisionCare Alliance, Inc.

EnvisionCare’s Kidney Management Services (KMS) program provides clinical consulting and administrative services that can reduce complications and costs associated with end stage renal disease.