Unique value-based physician partnership model empowers physicians to remain independent by embracing the agilon health integrated operating platform to support the successful transition to a global risk-based business model
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 29, 2018 – agilon health, which partners with primary care physicians to unlock the value inherent in the leap from fee-for-service to a global-risk based business model, today announced that it has entered into a joint venture with leading independent physician practices Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) and Premier Physicians in Austin, Texas, and with Pioneer Physicians Network in Akron, Ohio. These recent partnerships expand upon agilon health’s efforts to both improve and accelerate the growth of risk-based models of care in key geographies across the country through the introduction of a complete operating platform for integrated payment and delivery.
With today’s announcement, agilon health has successfully entered into seven partnerships with leading physician groups and networks, empowering primary care providers in six markets to influence the continued transformation of their local care delivery systems around the principles of cost and quality. Across these six markets, agilon health has signed 17 global risk contracts with multiple payors, including Humana and WellCare, that will serve the Medicare Advantage population in 2019.
In 2017, agilon health and Columbus, Ohio based Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC), the largest independent primary care medical group in the U.S. with 375 providers at 67 locations and over 25,000 Medicare Advantage members under its care, formed the first partnership of this kind to support the transition to a global risk-based business model. Through the partnership, COPC has seen more than a 10 percent increase in patients participating in their new Medicare Advantage global risk model, and delivered improvements in patient and physician experience, and clinical outcomes.
“We have been very impressed by the opportunity for transformation across all elements of our business that our partnership with agilon health has created,” said William Wulf, MD, CEO, Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians. “Our partnership-centric operating model focused on integrating payment and delivery in our market has led to significant improvements across our practice – strong physician engagement, the implementation of network management strategies such as centralized referral management, new sites of care such as a high-risk clinic, and robust patient engagement measured by annual wellness visits for over 95% of our patients – to name a few. Our physicians can dedicate themselves to the care of their patients with the knowledge that our practice’s new Medicare Advantage program, and consequently the practice itself, will grow and thrive through the partnership with agilon health.”
“I am exceptionally proud of the work done by our team over the past two years to establish truly collaborative partnerships with physicians that are fundamentally changing the way health care is provided to seniors and vulnerable populations across the country,” said Ron Kuerbitz, CEO of agilon health. “On a daily basis, physicians find themselves on the front lines of the transition from fee-for-service to high-quality value-based care, and often without a partner, business model, or the capabilities to capture the opportunity being created by the transition to value-based care. At agilon health, we have created a business model and an operating platform for physicians, to successfully drive change, allowing our partners to provide the right care for each patient at the right time and allowing physicians to rediscover the joy of practicing medicine. We see tremendous opportunity to continue growing, and we expect to provide our technology-enabled risk services to over 15 markets across the U.S. in the next two years.”
About Austin Regional Clinic
Austin Regional Clinic is a multispecialty medical group committed to providing comprehensive health care services throughout the greater Austin area. Founded by three physicians in 1980, ARC now provides health care to over 471,000 area residents in 24 locations in ten cities, including both primary and specialty care. It is unique to the Austin area because of the widespread locations, convenient services, and quality assurance programs. ARC patients enjoy access to such conveniences as same-day appointments, 24/7 online or phone scheduling, after hours clinics, nursing services through the night, and access to their providers through the MyChart patient portal. Most ARC locations also offer on-site radiology and lab services, and some clinics offer specialty programs such as a travel clinic and weight loss programs. For more information, visit www.austinregionalclinic.com.
About Pioneer Physicians Network
Pioneer Physicians Network has 50 board-certified primary care providers practicing at 16 locations with specialties of Family Practice, Podiatry, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine. We are proud to be one of the largest primary care independent physician groups in Northeast Ohio and recognized and accredited by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. As a physician-owned and physician-led organization, our providers’ promise is to serve our community with cutting-edge medical initiatives and superior medical staff and services.
About Central Ohio Primary Care
Central Ohio Primary Care (COPC) is the largest physician-owned primary care medical group in the United States. COPC was established in 1996 when a group of 33 physicians chose to focus more on the quality of patient care they were providing and less on the administrative paperwork. Today, they have over 375 providers and 67 practice locations throughout central Ohio, along with a full-service laboratory, radiology, cardiac testing, physical therapy and hospitalist services, and several first-rate disease management programs.
About agilon health
agilon health of Long Beach, California, a company founded in 2016 by world-class health care leaders, is helping U.S. physicians manage the leap from fee for service to global risk-based health care. Recognizing the increasing pressure on physicians caused by the existing healthcare system, agilon health has created a complete operating platform for managing global risk-based health care that brings people, process and proprietary technology together in partnership with physicians to take responsibility for total healthcare spend. The company has now expanded its operations to leading positions in six U.S. markets. For more information visit www.agilonhealth.com.