MercyOne and Genesis Health System announced that they have entered an agreement for Genesis to join MercyOne’s Partnered Provider Network. The partnership was developed to pursue collaboration opportunities and will be positioned as Incirca Health Network powered by MercyOne and Genesis Health. The multiyear agreement will focus on leveraging the joint expertise in population health and expand value-based health care through their respective regions, the health systems said in a release. “Our organizations share a deep commitment to the health of our members, the communities we serve and furthering value-based care,” said Derek Novak, president of MercyOne Population Health Services Organization. “By combining our strengths in population health and geographies served, we are uniquely positioned to improve health in our communities and reduce the total cost of care. We look forward to working together to improve outcomes for those we are privileged to serve.” The Incirca Health Network offers personalized, convenient access to health care through MercyOne’s Partnered Provider Network. The network is made up of health insurance payers participating in a value-based contract with MercyOne. “Combining the population health resources of MercyOne and Genesis allows us to bring more capability to improving the health of Iowans,’’ said Doug Cropper, president and CEO of Genesis Health System. MercyOne Population Health Services Organization, which is an accountable care organization of MercyOne, currently has more than 20 value-based agreements covering more than 315,000 attributed patients throughout the region, according to its website. Since its inception in 1998, MercyOne PHSO’s Partnered Provider Network has reduced health care expenditures for Iowans by more than $145 million.