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CareAllies’ news and announcements
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CareAllies ranked #1 for the 7th year in a row
On February 19th, Black BookTM Market Research announced their 2024 top Value-based Care Transformation & Strategy Consultants. For the 7th year in a row, CareAllies was rated the #1 company for physician practices based on survey responses from current and past clients.
When doctors don’t talk to each other
Dr. Stephanie Garcia of Valley Organized Physicians, an independent physician association managed by CareAllies, discusses how to improve communication between primary and specialty care.
Using Data and Patient Outreach to Improve Medication Adherence for the Most Frail Patients
Dr. Juan Maldonado of Valley Organized Physicians (VOP), an independent physician organization managed by CareAllies, details the innovative approaches CareAllies and VOP implemented that led to a 20x improvement in adherence.
It Takes A Village To Strengthen Patient-Provider Relationships
In this KevinMD article, Dr. Joe Nicholson, Chief Medical Officer of CareAllies, discusses how strong patient-provider relationships are key to identifying barriers patients may have to medication adherence, but they are only part of the solution. With the support of CareAllies, Valley Organized Physicians, an independent physician organization managed by CareAllies, was able to use claims data to identify patients not adhering to their medications and create a culture of advocacy.
How Focusing on Process Improvement Can Reduce Unplanned Hospital Readmissions
Unplanned hospital readmissions are a nationwide challenge for hospitals and physician practices. Readmissions correlate with greater patient stress, higher mortality rates and increased resource use. In this Medical Economics article, Stephanie Garcia, MD of Valley Organized Physicians, an independent physician assocation managed by CareAllies, shares how her practice lowered its Plan All-Cause Readmissions rate by at least 10% in less than a year.
Rob Cetti, President of CareAllies
In this Becker’s Healthcare Podcast Rob Cetti discussed his experience in healthcare, the biggest opportunities for innovation or evolution healthcare providers will soon face, the role he sees collaboration playing in the success of healthcare going forward, the developments or innovations he's excited about, what qualities healthcare leaders will need to possess in the next 2-3 years, and how healthcare leaders can stay ahead of the curve when it comes to adapting to new technologies, regulations and patient needs.
President of CareAllies Discusses Leadership Styles
To effectively lead, one must understand who it is they're leading. In this article, Rob Cetti, President of CareAllies, shares his personal leadership style and philosophies with Becker's. To hear more from Cetti, you can catch him speaking at the Becker's Healthcare 13th Annual Meeting on April 3-6, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.
Renaissance Physicians Partners Launches Initiative to Acquire Independent Houston Providers
Renaissance Physicians Partners (RPP), a physician-led organization, announced today that it plans to acquire independent physician practices and offer them a unique way to maintain their autonomy while providing financial stability and increasing provider satisfaction. With the support of Capital Group for Better Health, a joint venture between Renaissance Physician Organization and CareAllies, RPP will acquire physician practices and provide administrative and operational support, and assist in optimizing workflows and systems based on provider experience.
Ensuring Comprehensive Documentation During Times of Higher Patient Volume
In this Physician Practice article, Dr. Joe Nicholson, Chief Medical Officer for CareAllies, shares some proactive strategies that can support accurate documentation amid higher patient volume to ensure they are capturing the right information at the right time to improve patient outcomes and support their providers in the best way possible.
Witherspoon: Caregivers Must Remain Healthy to Help
Health is one of the more important components of caregiving. When a caregiver is not in a good place mentally or physically, they cannot be the best caregiver to someone else. Dr. Christi Witherspoon, an internal medicine physician and member of Synergy IPA, an independent physician association managed by CareAllies, shares the keys to recognizing when caregivers are getting burned out and how to take action.
Should I Get Another Booster? How Doctors Can Help Patients Navigate the Next Phase of COVID-19
The general consensus is that COVID-19 in some form is here to stay. As people come to terms with this reality, primary care providers may be getting more questions from patients – especially older and immunocompromised ones. In this article from HIT Consultant, Dr. Joe Nicholson, Chief Medical Officer for CareAllies, provides advice on how to handle different situations.
El Paso Doctor Brings Awareness on High Cholesterol Leads to Heart Disease
Experts say cardiovascular disease is the deadliest disease in the world, especially here in the U.S. since we tend to have all types of fast food restaurants. Family medicine doctor, Anwar Monroy, MD of El Paso Integral Care, an independent physician assocation managed by CareAllies, says making lifestyle changes, such as exercising, eating healthy, and avoiding smoking can reduce cholesterol levels.
The Data Physicians Need To Succeed With Value-Based Care
In this article Becker’s Hospital Review summarizes a discussion between Rob Cetti, President of CareAllies, Dr. Joe Nicholson, Chief Medical Officer of CareAllies, and several hospital leaders from across the U.S. during CareAllies’ sponsored session titled Demystify the Unknown: The Data Health Systems Need to Make Care More Rewarding for All at the 12th Annual Meeting. This article highlights 4 key takeaways: the market disruption taking place with physicians, the need to move to value-based care hindered by the lack of know-how, the importance of accurate documentation in value-based care, and how point-of-care insights can help address all of these challenges.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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 Achieves Savings of $4.5 Million in Debut Year of CMS Value-Based Care ModelCareAllies Accountable Care Solutions demonstrated success in improving care and reducing costs for Original Medicare beneficiaries, with 100% quality score.
CareAllies, Cigna Healthcare and Valley Organized Physicians Receive KLAS Points of Light Recognition for Successful Medication Adherence Initiative
CareAllies, along with Valley Organized Physicians (VOP), a comprehensive physician network spanning Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley, and Cigna Healthcare, a health benefits provider, received the KLAS Points of Light recognition for their work to improve health care processes and patient outcomes related to medication adherence among high-risk populations.
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.