CareAllies’ news and announcements
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CareAllies Earns 5th Consecutive Top Value-Based Care Consultants Rating, 2022 Black Book Physician Practice Advisory Survey
CareAllies was rated highest among Value-Based Care Transformation and Strategy Advisors for the fifth consecutive year for highest customer experience reported by clients of accountable care organization support, value-based arrangements and provider-payer partnerships.
Prioritizing SDOH Programs Amid COVID-19’s Challenging Financial Impact
In this DOTmed article, Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, shines a spotlight on the almost insurmountable difficulties certain populations face in receiving urgent and specialized care—and what the ramifications of those hurdles are.
Nashville Doctor Says Lots of Little Steps Can Decrease Breast Cancer Risk
Dr. Christi Witherspoon with Heritage Medical Associates at TriStar Summit Medical Center and a member at Synergy Healthcare, an independent physician association managed by CareAllies, shares her passion about breast cancer awareness and prevention.
COVID-19 Vaccines: Effective Patient Communication Strategies
In this Pysicians Practice article, Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, offers advice to providers about how to talk with patients about vaccine concerns while still remaining sensitive to potential vaccine hesitancy.
SDOH Strategies All Provider Organizations Should be Adopting Now
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed social factors that impact patient care. In this article Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, outlines what the landscape looks like—e.g., patients with unstable income, living outside urban areas, limited transportation, worsening medical conditions because of delayed care—and offer solutions to address it.
It Is Time To Make A Dent In Social Determinants Of Health
Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, outlines his opinions and recommendations for how the entire country - including the health care system, government, nonprofits, and more - can collectively work together to address SDOH issues post-pandemic, to better serve vulnerable communities in this KevinMD.com article.
Mitigating Risk with Dependable Revenue from Value-based Arrangements
In this podcast from Becker's Healthcare, Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer at CareAllies, discusses why we need to fundamentally change the way we reimburse for care delivery and how the pandemic drove innovation. Dr. Joe highlights the need to evolve into a value-based model and how organizations can move through the value-based continuum.
A Five-Point Plan to Address SDOH
Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, discusses how we can move the needle on SDOH and health outcomes when providers, payers, and community-based organizations (CBO) team up to remove barriers in this Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare article.
Mobile-Area Providers Announce New Independent Physician Association to Improve Patient Outcomes
A group of physicians announced the launch of USA Health Independent Physician Association (USA Health IPA), an IPA managed by CareAllies. The new affiliation is being created to improve patient health outcomes and affordability through enhanced care coordination between providers.
Leveraging Existing Technology to Proceed Along the Risk ContinuumIn this article from Becker's Hospital Review Brad Wells, SVP of population health enablement and data insights for CareAllies, addresses the need to integrate data from disparate sources in an effort to be successful in Alternative Payment Models (APMs).
The Pandemic Fallout to Come, and the Role of Digital SDOH
In this Q&A from Healthcare IT News Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer for CareAllies, demonstrates his expertise on SDOH and discusses how data analytics can tie in to drive solutions.
5 Things You Need To Know To Create a Highly Successful Private Practice
Dr. Rohit Kashyap, physician at IKP Family Medicine and member at Renaissance Physicians, an independent physician association managed by CareAllies, addresses the business aspect of running a medical practice and shares insightful tips and stories he's experienced along the way.
How To Choose An ACO Partner
In this Physicians Practice article Corey Redding, executive director of Cumberland ACO in Tennessee and a local market provider engagement administrator for CareAllies, discusses how to choose an ACO partner. The article shares the importance of choosing a partner whose mission, values and priorities align with yours and the key areas to assess when evaluating partners.
The Best Path Forward
In The Journal of AHIMA Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer for CareAllies, discusses 3 key lessons from the pandemic and what they mean for the future of health care. The article focuses on VBC and SDOH and how we shouldn’t be aiming for “business as usual” but instead use these lessons to improve patient care and outcomes.
Birmingham-Area Providers to Launch Southeast Clinical Alliance Clinically Integrated Network to Improve Patient Outcome
Southeast Clinical Alliance Clinically Integrated Network, which is managed by CareAllies, will support local providers as they move into alternative payment models, such as pay-for-quality or shared savings.
Enhancing Population Health Approaches to Deliver Preventive Care
Dr. Randy Fullerton, internal medicine specialist and board chairman of Synergy CIN, a clinically integrated network managed by CareAllies, discusses how health care organizations are looking to refine their population health strategies and focus on preventive care measures.
Nashville-area Providers to Launch New Clinically Integrated Network to Improve Patient Outcomes
A group of almost 250 physicians announced the launch of Synergy CIN, a clinically integrated network managed by CareAllies. The new affiliation is being created to improve patient health outcomes through enhanced care coordination between providers.
El Paso-Based Providers Launch Mountain Star Clinically Integrated Network
A prestigious group of El Paso-based physicians announced the launch of Mountain Star CIN, a clinically integrated network managed by CareAllies, which was created to improve patient health outcomes through enhanced care coordination between providers.
200 Independent Physicians Unite as Philadelphia's Constitution Physician Alliance
Six independent physician associations in Philadelphia merged to bring together more than 200 physicians through Constitution Physician Alliance, an independent physician association managed by CareAllies.
Payer Expansion of Telehealth Initiatives
Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, is featured in this First Report Managed Care article focusing on expanded telehealth access continuing beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
CareAllies Earns 4th Consecutive Top Value-Based Care Consultants Rating, 2021 Black Book Physician Practice Advisory Survey
Black Book Research announced the top physician practice and medical organization consultants, as collected from 2,259 providers in advisory outcomes, client experiences and satisfaction. In total, 40 consultant firms received crowd-sourced evaluations from the polls conducted between September 2020 and January 2021.
Four Predictions About Health Data Management in a Post-Pandemic World
Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, shares with the Journal of AHIMA the possible impacts health information management professionals could face in 2021 across social determinants of health, virtual patient services, and artificial intelligence.
Five Minutes In Healthcare Featuring Dr. Joe Nicholson
Editor Phil Jacobus from DOTmed interviews Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, about the enormous impact of COVID-19 on primary care physicians and health care in general, from the positives of technological innovation to the negatives such as a drop in cancer screenings.
5 Things We Must Do To Improve the US Health Care System
Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer at CareAllies, shares with Authority Magazine the five changes that need to be made to improve the overall US health care system and what individuals, corporations, communities, and leaders can do to help.
It’s the Right Time to Practice Medicine the Right Way
Dr. Timothy Irvine, physician at IKP Family Medicine and board member at Renaissance Physicians, an independent physician association managed by CareAllies, discusses the risk and flexibility involved with value-based care, and the steps his practice took to get there.
Risk-Based Agreements: Good For Business, Patients
In this Physicians Practice article, Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer of CareAllies, discusses how risk-based models can promote better business results for practices by achieving better outcomes for patients when supported by collaboration and data exchange.
Capitated Payment Models Come With Lots of Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Hurdles
Dr. Timothy Irvine, physician at IKP Family Medicine and board member at Renaissance Physicians IPA, and Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer at CareAllies, discuss the benefits of capitation and implications on small to midsize practices.
Can Social Determinants of Health Meet Its Moment in a Pandemic?
Matt Schlossberg, editor at AHIMA, talks to Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer at CareAllies, about how COVID-19 has exacerbated health disparities and social determinants of health.
How Has COVID-19 Impacted Home-Based Healthcare?
Mayank Shah, MD, FAAFP, MBA, chief medical officer at Alegis Care, CareAllies' home-based care delivery service business, and Joe Nicholson, DO, chief medical officer at CareAllies, discuss the COVID-19 impact on home-based care delivery.
Addressing Social Determinants of Health with Technology During Public Health Emergencies
Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer at CareAllies, discusses how implementing a social determinants of health (SDOH) program, or further building out an existing one, can lead to improved health outcomes for patient populations that are struggling.
2020 Black Book Physician Practice Advisory Survey Awards Top Value-Based Care Consultants Rating to CareAllies
Black Book Research announced the top physician practice and medical organization consultants, as collected from nearly 2,400 providers in advisory outcomes, client experiences and satisfaction. In total, 36 consultant firms received crowd-sourced evaluations from the polls conducted between September 2019 and March 2020.
Several Physician Groups Join Forces to Form Iron City IPA
Internists Gordon Connor, MD and Michael Turner, MD, board member and Chairman, respectively, of Iron City IPA, an independent physician association managed by CareAllies, share how bringing 115 primary care physicians together provides community-based coordinated and localized care that is focused on patient experience .
Whole-Person Healthcare: Social determinants success begins with data
Dr. Joe Nicholson, chief medical officer at CareAllies, in this March AHIMA article discusses how social determinants success begins with data.
A New Approach to Health Plan-Provider Collaboration
Beckie Croes, senior vice president, Provider Engagement and Management Services of CareAllies, talks about partnering with Arcadia.io, a population health management company, to provide actionable insights at the point of care. By leveraging health plan data, CareAllies is helping health care leaders reduce their documentation burden through the use of the data platform Arcadia Analytics.
Texas Physician Using EHR Patient Portal For Risk Management
Internist, Esteban N. Berberian, MD, who is part of Renaissance Physicians, an independent physician association managed by CareAllies, shares why he is a proponent of EHRs. Working as a solo practice physician in Channelview, TX, Dr. Berberian explains how he uses his EHR patient portal as a risk management tool as part of his strategy to improve patient outcomes.
CareAllies Earns Top Value-Based Care Consultants Rating, 2019 Black Book Physician Practice Advisory Survey
Black Book Market Research shares notable survey finding that 93% of all physician organization decision-makers are considering value-based care contracting in 2020 and will enlist the services of a consultant firm for lack of internal resources to evaluate, transform and implement successful VBC systems.
Physician Groups Undertake Organizational Mandate to Transform From Volume to Value & Not Sell Out to Hospitals
Black Book Market Research discusses the provider demand for advisors with expertise in value-based care, physician engagement, analytics and culture change climbs sharply. CareAllies ranks #1 in Black Book's 2018 report: Top Value‐based Transformation Solutions.
Three Ways Technology Can Support Providers as You Transition To Value-based Care
Chief Medical Information Officer of CareAllies, John Parente, MD, shares insights on the implementation of technology for value-based care in this Health Management Technology article.
Lessons Learned From the Trenches of Healthcare Policy
President of CareAllies, Julian Harris, MD, MBA, discusses with Healthcare Informatics the many layers of healthcare federal rulemaking
Crafting a Comprehensive MACRA Strategy
President of CareAllies, Julian Harris, MD, MBA, writes about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and preparing physician organizations for change in the November 2017 issue of HFM Magazine.
HealthCombix Expands Healthcare Blockchain Advisory Board
Matt Conboy, Population Health Management Operations Manager at CareAllies, joins the advisory board of a Nashville tech start-up, HealthCombix.
Achieving Population Health Success: A Longitudinal Alignment of Shared Values
Director of Practice Transformation at CareAllies, Nicole Deaner, shares insights about three important areas of focus organizations should consider for transformation in this Becker’s Hospital Review article.
How MACRA Legislation Advances Value-based Care Reimbursement
Senior Vice President of Provider Engagement at CareAllies, Beckie Croes, speaks with HealthPayerIntelligence.com and provides her viewpoints on how MACRA legislation will impact health payers in the coming years.
CareAllies Joins America’s Physician Groups’ Board of Directors
CareAllies’ president, Rob Cetti, will serve on America's Physician Groups' Board of Directors on behalf of CareAllies to help guide their efforts to advance an integrated, value-based health care system where providers are reimbursed for quality of care rather than quantity.
CareAllies to Participate in the CMS Innovation Center’s Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model
Participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) Model makes it easier for providers to meet the health care needs of Medicare beneficiaries more effectively and expands CareAllies’ national footprint of more than 60 provider groups managing care for nearly 500,000 patients.
CareAllies’ ACO Clients Demonstrate Exceptional Performance in 2020
All nine ACO provider organizations supported by CareAllies demonstrated their value through these 2020 achievements.
These ACO clients include both hospital and physician-led organizations caring for 160,000 Medicare beneficiaries throughout the country.
Rob Cetti, Longtime Health Care Affordability Leader, Named CareAllies President
Rob Cetti has been named president of CareAllies, a Cigna company that collaborates with independent physicians to accelerate their transition to value-based care.
In this role, Cetti will focus on further connecting care between patients and providers through innovative value-based care solutions that help reduce health care costs, while improving quality and overall care experiences.
CareAllies Names Dr. Joseph Nicholson Chief Medical Officer
CareAllies, a Cigna company, has named Joseph (Joe) M. Nicholson, III, D.O., chief medical officer.
In this role, Dr. Nicholson will lead clinical operations, including medical and behavioral management, case management, and disease management. He will provide strategic direction, operational oversight, and thought leadership for all clinical programs at CareAllies.
CareAllies Rated #1 Consultative Partner for Physician Organizations Transitioning to Value-Based Care Models
CareAllies, a Cigna company, was named the top-rated Value-Based Care (VBC) Consultant for Physician Practices for a second consecutive year by Black Book Market Research, an independent health care market research company. The rating measures client satisfaction across five VBC functions: clinical transformation, financial transformation, care coordination, accountable care contracting and risk share models.
Cigna Launches New Company to Deliver Proven Systems, Capabilities and Management Services to More Health Care Providers
The nation’s health care system is moving from volume to value, yet it remains fragmented and complex. Health care providers are facing increased pressure to move from fee-for-service to value-based payment, yet current market solutions to accelerate this journey have been criticized as too rigid to meet complex provider needs. Cigna has partnered with health care providers for many years to help them align their financial incentives with patient health outcomes, resulting in joint success through shared risk.