Providence Health & Services' Southern California branch has formed a new physician-led alliance with quality and accountability metrics in mind.
Providence announces physician-led alliance
The new Providence Partners for Health requires doctors to share information on quality and receive feedback from colleagues to show compliance with guidelines for care developed by Providence. The standards are based on improving patient outcomes.
“Providence Partners for Health provides a tool for us to partner with physicians to share best practices and clinical data and to foster and sustain a system driven by both quality and value,” said Dr. John Armato, chairman of the new alliance, said in a statement.
The group will form teams of doctors, clinicians and experts to find ways to improve care and standardize best practices.
The move puts Providence in better position to deal with the developing ACO model.
“The new Providence Partners for Health is not currently an ACO, but could evolve that way," wrote Kerry Carmody, chief operating officer for Providence Health & Services, Southern California, in an e-mail. "Our current focus is on creating a clinically integrated organization to improve both quality and affordability for all payers including PPOs, HMOs and Medicare. We want to participate in various facets of healthcare-reform initiatives including pay for performance, bundled payments, narrow networks and eventually ACOs.”
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