New partnership promises to improve care quality for seniors


Alignment Healthcare, an integrated healthcare services company, has entered into a partnership with St Vincent's HealthCare, a ministry of Ascension, the nation's largest non-profit health system. 

Alignment will provide an advanced clinical model, designed for Medicare beneficiaries, that promises to lower costs and increase care quality for seniors in Florida.  

The newly formed Medicare Advantage program is the first health system-based platform in the region. It will bring concierge level healthcare services to the citizens of Duval and Clay counties. 

Medicare consumers will receive access to personalized care through dedicated clinics focused on coordinated healthcare delivery with their primary care physicians.

"This is truly a unique partnership providing a highly integrated approach to the coverage and delivery of healthcare services to older adults in our community," said Kyle Sanders, president of St Vincent's Southside and system VP of population health management. "We believe this hands-on care model will help prevent illness, improve lives and also lower healthcare costs."

Alignment Healthcare is a fully integrated care coordination solution for population health management. 

"Our strategic partnership with St. Vincent's HealthCare, and ability to provide an unrivaled care coordination model to seniors in Duvaland Clay counties, will create a new care standard in Florida for mature adults," said John Kao, chief executive  officer (CEO) of Alignment Healthcare. 

"Our program enables integration by creating alignment across all parties, so the patient's healthcare experience and clinical outcome improve commensurately. Together, St. Vincent's and Alignment are connecting the dots of population-based management – one patient at a time."

Of the approximately 170,000 Medicare-eligible seniors living in Duval and Clay counties, 30 percent are currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare enrolees will have options to select this program during the open enrolment period that begins in October of 2015. 

To care for the area’s seniors, a select network of St Vincent's HealthCare providers and hospitals will be available to members. Newly-constructed one-stop coordinated care centers will serve as the foundation of the provider network in Duval and Clay counties. 

Community physicians and other care providers will also be in the network to ensure seniors have access to a full continuum of care close to home.

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