Medicare ACO 

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ACO Primary Contact

Ms. Laura Butcher
600 Broadway, Suite 530
Seattle, WA, USA 98122

Composition of ACO

Health Connect Partners (“HCP” or the “ACO”) was founded on May 16, 2013 and is the result of a collaboration between Providence Health & Services - Washington and Swedish Health System. The partnership was established with the mission of reducing medical expenses, improving the quality of care, and increasing patient satisfaction by providing patients with highly coordinated healthcare services in a setting where clinical decisions are based upon best practices. The ACO seeks to establish a patient-centric delivery model supported by both Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health System infrastructures.

ACO Participants

  • Providence Health & Services - Washington
  • Swedish Health Services
  • Swedish First Hill Diagnostic Imaging
  • Swedish Edmonds

Health Connect Partners, LLC ACO Governing Body

  • Dr. Joseph Gifford, Voting Member and Chair, Chief Executive Officer Health Connect Partners, LLC
  • Dr. Jon Younger, Voting Member, Senior Medical Director Swedish Health Systems (ACO Participant)
  • Dr. Thomas Yetman, Voting Member, Chief Executive Providence Physician Group (ACO Participant)
  • Dr. Rik Emaus, Voting Member, Chief Executive Providence Physician Group (ACO Participant)
  • Dr. Bernard Farzin, Voting Member, Medical Director of Providence Senior Care Center, Providence Medical Group Alaska (ACO Participant)
  • Dr. Robert Stenger, Voting Member, Grant Creek Family Medicine, Providence Medical Group Montana (ACO Participant)
  • Kelly Stanford, Voting Member, Vice President of Clinical Operations and Market Integration for Group Health Cooperative and President of CareUnity (ACO Participant)
  • Dr. Jeff Liles, Voting member, Chief Medical Officer of CareUnity and Medical Director of Care Management Providence Spokane (ACO Participant)
  • Dr. Timothy Davidson, Voting Member, Chief Executive Physician (ACO Participant)
  • Dr. James Martin, Voting Member, Chief Medical Officer, Minor and James Medical (ACO Participant)
  • Scott Combs, Voting Member, Chief Financial Officer Pacific Medical Centers (ACO Participant)
  • Dr. Terry R. Rogers, Medicare beneficiary representative, CEO for the Foundation for Health Care Quality
  • Craig Enge, Non-Voting Member, Chief Operating Officer Health Connect Partners, LLC
  • Laura Butcher, Non-Voting Member, Director Strategic Portfolio Management Health Connect Partners, LLC

Health Connect Partners, LLC ACO Committees and Key Leadership Personnel

Health Connect Partners, LLC ACO Committees and Key Leadership Personnel

Aggregate Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • Performance Year 1:  Pending completion of first year
  • Performance Year 2:  Pending completion of second year 
  • Performance Year 3:  Pending completion of third year

How Shared Savings Are Distributed 

Distribution to Primary Care Professionals: 100%

How Health Connect Partners, LLC will publicly report this information:

Health Connect Partners, LLC is dedicated to providing the above up to date information in a publicly accessible format. The ACO is developing a web site housed within the Providence and Swedish web platform where interested parties can easily locate and access current information. The ACO’s MSSP web site screenshots will be submitted to CMS for review in the next 60 days.

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