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New York's Mount Sinai, upstate physician group create alliance


By Bob Herman
Posted: August 21, 2014 - 6:45 pm ET
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Mount Sinai Health System in New York City is taking its population health network beyond the city's fabled five boroughs to create a partnership with Crystal Run Healthcare.

Crystal Run, a multispecialty physician practice with more than 300 providers and 20 locations, is based in Middletown, N.Y., approximately 65 miles northwest of Mount Sinai's headquarters in Manhattan. Mount Sinai, one of the largest health systems in New York City, includes about 6,600 physicians and seven hospital campuses. The system took its current shape last fall, when Mount Sinai and Continuum Health Partners completed their merger.

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The partners said their new Mount Sinai-Crystal Run Alliance for Healthcare Transformation will allow clinicians on both sides to share best practices and work together to improve patient outcomes while lowering per-capita costs.

“Care transformation is about compensating physicians, hospitals and other providers for what we successfully accomplish for our patients, rather than for services we provide to our patients,” Crystal Run CEO Dr. Hal Teitelbaum said in a release.

Despite the planned collaboration, the physician-controlled Crystal Run will remain independent.

Both organizations have invested heavily in accountable care organizations—one of the primary structures of healthcare reform that aims to coordinate patient care among doctors, hospitals and other providers. Mount Sinai and Crystal Run each run their own ACO in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Neither ACO has yet disclosed how much money it saved or lost in its first performance year.

Similarly, earlier this month, six prominent health systems in Wisconsin agreed to a non-equity partnership with the goal of migrating toward an ACO-like structure.

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