Healthways and Ascension system teaming up

Tucson is population management target

Franklin-based Healthways is partnering with an Arizona health system to study the potential for building a comprehensive population management program in the Tucson area.

In a statement, Healthways and Carondelet Health Network officials said they will try to set up a framework of goals that include "realizing measurable and reportable improvements in health and well-being outcomes, delivering high-quality and affordable healthcare services across Southern Arizona, expanding a high-functioning network of employed and independent physicians caring for Carondelet patients, and developing strategic partnerships that will support Carondelet’s efforts to build healthier communities."

Anchored by three hospitals, Carondelet is a division of Ascension Health, the parent and not profit operating entity overseeing Saint Thomas Health Services. It employs about 4,600 people and had 2011 revenues of $630 million.

Healthways executives have been active in various parts of the country building up partnerships with health providers. In Iowa, it is working with insurer Wellmark to help various communities set up broad wellness program while in the Dallas market, it is working with the large Texas Health Resources system to improve diabetes care and reduce readmissions.

Shares of Healthways (Ticker: HWAY) closed up about 1 percent Tuesday at $10.47. They're up almost 10 percent in the past three months.