Aledade Announces New Federally Qualified Health Center ACO in West Virginia
Bethesda, MD—Today, Aledade announced it has formed a new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) led ACO in West Virginia. Aledade West Virginia Health Center ACO is the only health center led ACO in the state and brings together 10 leading health centers from across West Virginia to deliver high-quality, coordinated care to medically underserved communities in the state.
The ACO expands Aledade’s footprint in the state, where Aledade has an existing ACO covering nearly 8,000 patients. The new ACO will focus on care coordination, population health management, and preventive care for 13,000 patients.
“Federally Qualified Health Centers play an important role in caring for medically underserved communities. Aledade is proud to partner with health centers in West Virginia to improve patient health by delivering quality, personalized, and coordinated care,” said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, CEO and co-founder of Aledade.
The initial health center members of the ACO include: FamilyCare Health Center; Change, Inc.; Rainelle Medical Center; Valley Health Systems; Cabin Creek Health Systems; New River Health Association; Monongahela Valley Association of Health Centers; St. George Medical Clinic; Belington Community Medical Services Association; and Clay-Battelle Community Health Services Association. Aledade will continue to identify and recruit leading health centers to expand the ACO and provide quality care to more patients.
Aledade has partnered with the West Virginia Primary Care Association in forming the Aledade West Virginia Health Center ACO.
“The West Virginia Primary Care Association (WVPCA) is pleased to be part of an initiative that engages in population health management and empowers providers to keep patients healthy while addressing our community needs,” said Louise H. Reese, Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Primary Care Association. “The WVPCA is the largest statewide organized primary care delivery system in West Virginia, and we are confident that our knowledge of the health care landscape and developed network infrastructure, will help our ACO succeed.”
“We are excited to be working with a health care leader in West Virginia to truly focus on care coordination and patient needs,” said Ahmed Haque, Executive Director at Aledade. “Partnering with independent doctors and providing expertise, technology and a data driven approach will help improve the delivery of care.”
Aledade offers a new model of primary care by partnering with physicians to build and lead Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) – networks of physicians who band together to deliver coordinated care to patients. Aledade ACOs allow doctors to stay independent, practice medicine like they’ve always wanted to, and thrive by keeping people healthy. The Aledade model operates under a value-based payment structure that rewards positive health outcomes for patients, instead of the volume of health care services delivered.
In the Aledade model, primary care physicians are provided with unparalleled regulatory expertise; best practices from Aledade’s national network of hundreds of primary care doctors; user-friendly technology and data analytics that provide visibility into the spectrum of care their patients receive outside their office; and face-to-face practice transformation support. Aledade ACOs focus on delivering the highest-quality care to patients, with an emphasis on preventive care.
Since its founding in June 2014, Aledade has grown tremendously, partnering with more than 110 practices across 11 states, covering more than 100,000 patients, and taking accountability for nearly a billion dollars of annual medical costs. Aledade is also expanding into new patient populations and entering new markets, including Michigan, Missouri, Nevada/Utah, and Pennsylvania.
New statistics show that Aledade ACOs in 2015 have a 251% average practice increase in preventive care visits and a 175% average practice increase in transitional care services, resulting in a decrease in hospital readmission rates. Aledade ACOs have a $51,000 average increase in practice revenue in 2015.
Also this week, Aledade launched a redesigned website that better highlights Aledade’s new model of primary care and encourages the public, providers, and others to visit: aledade.com
Aledade is celebrating its two-year anniversary with the hashtag: #GrowWithUs.
All Aledade practices offer same or next day appointments for patients with urgent needs, and 95 percent of Aledade physician partners provide 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week patient access to an on-call doctor. All new and existing ACOs manage these cornerstones of care through Aledade’s proprietary, cloud-based technology and analytics platform.
Founded in 2014, Aledade offers a new model of primary care that puts physicians back where they should be: quarterbacking their patients’ health care. Aledade partners with primary care physicians to build and lead Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that allow these doctors to stay independent, practice medicine like they’ve always wanted to, and thrive financially by keeping people healthy. Aledade provides data analytics and user-friendly technology to help doctors provide more seamless care, unparalleled regulatory expertise, the best practices shared by a national network of hundreds of doctors, and face-to-face practice transformation support. Based in Bethesda, MD, Aledade is led by CEO and co-founder Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since its founding in 2014, Aledade has established successful organizations in New York, Delaware, Maryland, Arkansas, West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Louisiana, Virginia, and Kansas, which care for more than 100,000 patients.
At the heart of the Aledade model is the simple, but radical, idea that Aledade only succeeds when partner practices succeed in delivering better care at a lower cost. For more information, visit aledade.com.
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