North Shore-LIJ Health System in New York is among those partnering with Ohio-based Cleveland Clinic for cardiac care. The long-distance partnership is part of a national trend in which health systems far from one another collaborate in one area of specialization such as cardiology or orthopedics. The partnerships seek to improve outcomes via the sharing of research, protocols and best practices, and they enable national, self-insured employers to negotiate prices with certain health systems.

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