Alignment Healthcare to open technology to third parties


Alignment Healthcare to open technology to third parties


Population health company Alignment Healthcare has launched a new business unit, Alignment Health Services, which will for the first time fully open access to its proprietary technology to third parties.

Alignment Health Services will allow partner companies access to Alignment's clinical model and population health technology while taking on financial risk themselves.

"Our partners have asked us to be flexible and provide clinical and technology services to them, where we are not taking any downside risk and gainsharing," said John Kao, CEO and president of Alignment Healthcare. "People enrolled in Alignment programs are healthier, so we are excited to introduce our care model to a larger population through Alignment Health Services."

The company claims that, in 2015, Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Alignment care programs experienced up to 50 percent fewer hospital admissions and 38 percent fewer emergency room visits than before enrollment, and 30-day re-admission rates well below national average.

Alignment's first care-as-a-service partnership is being implemented in North Carolina, a market where it operates four freestanding care centers for Medicare beneficiaries and has partnered with UNC HealthCare, Humana and FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company.

Tech entrepreneur Jennifer Geiger, who joined Alignment in April 2016 as chief operating officer, has been named president of Alignment Health Services and will be responsible for growing and operating the new business.

Healthcare executive Robert Lonardo, most recently chief growth and business development officer for CareMore Health Plan, will take on the chief operating officer role at Alignment Healthcare, responsible for day-to-day business and clinical operations, consumer engagement, quality assurance and market implementation. Lonardo has served in several senior leadership capacities at Blue Shield of California, CareMore Medical Group and Care1st Health Plan.

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