ARC “Walks the Walk” to Connect with Growing Market of Medicare Beneficiaries
With a growing number of retirees moving to the Austin metro area, and 5,000 area residents aging into Medicare every year, Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) is implementing an aggressive 2020 expansion plan to provide access to high quality health care to this booming population. With most of the retirees moving to communities just outside of Austin, ARC plans to open four to six smaller primary care clinics in the suburban area next year, each one with its own lab and radiology. In addition, 40 new primary care physicians and specialists will be recruited for these new clinics. With a sensitivity to the needs of the senior population, ARC will continue to develop its specialty access for Medicare/Medicare Advantage patients with a more immediate focus on orthopedic/spine and cardiology specialties. The majority of these specialists will be conveniently located in regionalized “hubs” around the primary care clinics. Each “hub” will have some additional advanced imaging capabilities for mammograms, ultrasounds and additional cardiac testing procedures.
“As part of our partnership with agilon health, this focus upholds our mission to provide high quality care to our growing population, especially our Medicare patients,” states Anas Daghestani, MD, CEO of ARC. “By implementing this action plan, we are ‘walking the walk’ to provide needed services to Austin seniors.”
Dr. Daghestani says other programs on the horizon include expanding ARC’s noninvasive cardiology practice focusing on senior care, and an avoidable emergency department diversion program.