Aledade rolls out 3 new ACOs, expands another

To ring in its second anniversary, Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade — a company that helps independent physicians participate in value-based care — announced Wednesday three new accountable care organizations and the expansion of another.

The new ACOs include the following: 

  • Aledade launched a partnership with Coatesville, Pa.-based Gateway Medical Associates to create a physician-led ACO serving 6,200 Medicare patients in southeast Pennsylvania. 
  • It launched a second physician-led ACO in Pennsylvania aptly called Aledade Pennsylvania ACO. Three practices are leading the effort: Newville, Pa.-based Graham Medical, Southeast Lancaster (Pa.) Health and Waynesboro (Pa.) Family Medical Associates. 
  • The third new ACO, the Great Lakes Physician ACO will also be primary care physician-led and is based in mid-Michigan. It was created in partnership with Great Lakes Organized Systems of Care, which is a physician-led organization dedicated to improving patient health outcomes and experience, and includes 15 local physician practices.

"At a time when regulation and consolidation are making it harder for independent physicians to deliver quality, personalized care to the communities they serve, Aledade offers a new model of primary care that puts physicians back where they should be: quarterbacking their patients' healthcare," Farzad Mostashari, MD, CEO and co-founder of Aledade, said in a statement.

The Aledade model has proven successful so far — the company shared data that showed Aledade ACOs had a 251 percent average increase in preventive care visits, 175 percent average increase in transitional care services and a $51,000 average increase in practice revenue in 2015. 

The model is gaining traction in Utah in particular. Aledade also announced today that its Utah ACO is expanding to nine practices and will now care for 5,500 Medicare patients. 

"It’s clear we need a new model in healthcare, one that shifts the emphasis from the mere provision of healthcare, to an emphasis on health and on the outcomes of healthcare," John Berneike, MD, of St. Mark's Family Medicine in Salt Lake City, said in a statement. "We joined Aledade because it is based specifically on primary care practices, which should be the foundation of this new healthcare model."


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