Medicare patients benefit as Quillen ETSU Physicians join AnewCare Collaborative
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – More than 17,000 local Medicare patients will benefit from Quillen ETSU Physicians’ recent decision to join AnewCare Collaborative, a locally-owned Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and Medicare Shared Savings Plan.
By joining AnewCare, member physicians, hospitals and other health care providers agree to participate in a team approach for patient care, and are provided with easier methods for sharing patient records and information. They also commit to proactively reach out to patients with health care reminders, education and extended support for patients transitioning from home to the hospital.
Medicare monitors ACO members’ compliance to the more time-intensive ACO standards and provides physicians with additional support staff, new communications systems and the latest data on methods and procedures for particular conditions. For patients, this means coordinated care between doctors, elimination of duplicate procedures and less time filling out the same patient information for different doctors. Patients pay no extra fees and are not required to choose specific doctors; they simply benefit from the fact that their physician is an AnewCare member.
“AnewCare is based on the philosophy that more information and cooperation between doctors will lead to healthier patients and communities,” said Rob Slattery, president and CEO of Integrated Solutions Health Network, the Johnson City-based parent company of AnewCare Collaborative and CrestPoint Health. “The participation of Quillen ETSU Physicians in AnewCare gives local Medicare patients an additional 150 local physicians in 50 specialties who are committed to this higher level of care.”
According to Slattery, AnewCare and East Tennessee State University have long collaborated to bring better health care to the region. Dr. John Franko and Dr. Tom Jernigan of ETSU Quillen College of Medicine provided critical assistance in creating AnewCare in its early stages. He said that support from ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland, past President Dr. Paul Stanton, and VP for Health Affairs and COO Dr. Wilsie Bishop, led to Quillen ETSU Physicians’ selection of AnewCare as their ACO.
“Quillen College of Medicine values this relationship with AnewCare,” said Quillen Interim Dean of Medicine Dr. Ken Olive. “Our partnership provides the Quillen ETSU Physicians with some impressive expertise in managed care and information processing capabilities which will allow us to improve our efficiency and quality of care to benefit both our practice and our patients.”
About Integrated Solutions Health Network
Integrated Solutions Health Network is a regional health solutions company based in Johnson City, Tenn. Its primary stakeholder is Mountain States Health Alliance, a not-for-profit health care organization that operates a family of 14 hospitals serving a 29-county, four-state region in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Southeastern Kentucky and Western North Carolina. ISHN comprises community hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, orthotic/prosthetic providers, durable medical equipment providers, home health agencies, hospice, laboratories, rehabilitation facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and approximately 2,000 physicians, including primary care, specialists and allied health.
About Quillen ETSU Physicians
Quillen ETSU Physicians is the primary clinical arm of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine and offers a host of primary care and subspecialty care services.