We launched Aledade on June 18th, and by the end of July we had recruited 80 primary care physicians in 4 states to join us in creating the very first Aledade ACOs. We have been work together ever since- but haven’t been able to talk about our wonderful practices until the official notification from CMS that came today.
We are thrilled to announce that beginning January 1, our two newAledade ACOs will be taking accountability for the care of over 20,000 attributed Medicare patients, and stewardship of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars of health care expenditures each year. We’re building a new delivery system on the foundation of trust between patients and the physicians who have been caring for them in their communities for decades, and enabled and accelerated with cutting-edge technology and analytics.
One ACO will operate in the state of Delaware, in close collaboration with our physician partners and our field team, Quality Insights of Delaware. Our second ACO, the Primary Care ACO, will take the same model spanning three states — New York, Maryland, and Arkansas, where we are also working with local partners like the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care. Our hand-picked ACOs physician partners are some of the most capable and inspiring primary care physicians in the country. They are leaders in their local, state and national physician associations; they are pioneers of Meaningful Use and Patient Centered Medical Homes; they are much-decorated top doctors in quality; but most of all, they are the pillars of their communities.
Our regional Medical Directors and local field teams in each state have already been busy helping our partner practices:
- Extracting practice management data and establishing interfaces to EHR data and Admission-Discharge-Transfer notifications.
- Identifying individuals with multiple chronic conditions at high risk of complications
- Working with practices on initiating workflows for patient recall, and rolling out lightweight apps to help prioritize and track the outreach
- Customizing EHR templates and tracking wellness visits
- Implementing an influenza and pneumonia vaccination program for high-risk seniors
- Reviewing after-hours and weekend patient access protocols, and working together to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to reach their primary care doctors and schedule same-day appointments.
Our performance year for these ACOs will start on January 1, and we are excited to begin the work of delivering the best care possible for our entire population of patients.
We are also looking towards the future. We are looking to grow our base of top physicians in our existing four states, and expand into several new states (likely to include Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Louisiana). We’re recruiting the leading primary care providers in the country and field partners in these regions, as we continue to refine the customized applications and platforms that will help our doctors thrive.
Alongside this growth, our Aledade team has been growing apace. We’ve assembled a dynamic team with deep expertise in provider engagement and practice transformation, data analytics, technology, and health care policy. As we continue to scale quickly in 2015, we will further expand our team in the coming months. We are looking for talented individuals who are passionate about making a big impact on health care in the United States, who will cherish their colleagues and our primary care physician partners, who are data-driven and tech-savvy, and who are relentless in their pursuit of a better world.
You can learn more about the positions we are hiring for here.
2014 has been a really exciting year for the future of health care, and for Aledade. Far away from the political finger-pointing and ideologically-charged debates, real change is happening in American health care, and momentum is building around what matters most — the health of patients.
Especially at this time of year, I am grateful to be able to contribute to this transformation, and I’m so appreciative of the chance to be working with such a phenomenal team of doctors and colleagues committed to this movement.