Central Florida's Orlando Health announced the signing of a nonexclusive affiliation agreement with a group of 95 physicians and surgeons that will have the two organizations aligning clinical resources and paving the way for a new patient-centered medical home.
Orlando Health, doc group sign affiliation agreement
Physician Associates, based in Orlando, wants to broaden its patients' access to primary care through the agreement, while three-hospital Orlando Health hopes to coordinate care to decrease hospitalizations for the four most common chronic conditions: diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to a news release.
The agreement encourages primary-care physician practices to seek accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a patient-centered medical home. The agreement "lays the foundation" for the physician practice and health system to share a health IT platform and medical data and to establish a common primary-care advisory board, according to the release.
The agreement does not change the status of Physician Associates, Orlando Health or its affiliated primary-care practices through Orlando Health Physician Partners, according to the announcement.
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