PriMed selected by Medicare for new approach to health care

PriMed LLC, a multi-specialty physician group of more than 115 providers and 39 locations in Connecticut, has been selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in the Advance Payment ACO (Accountable Care Organization) Model.

The Advance Payment ACO Model is designed for physician-based and rural providers, according to CMS, who collaborate to provide coordinated high quality care to the Medicare patients they serve. Participants in the model (PriMed is one of 15 selected in the country) receive funding for investments in their ACO infrastructure to enhance patient care coordination.

PriMed’s selection for the Advance Payment ACO Model comes on the heels of its July announcement of its participation in Medicare’s Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a multifaceted new program sponsored by CMS. Through the Shared Savings Program, PriMed will work with CMS to reduce the growth of Medicare costs while meeting performance standards on quality of care for patients.

“We are delighted and proud to be participating in the Advance Payment ACO Model with Medicare and view this as a significant accomplishment and milestone for our group,” said PriMed’s President and CEO Dr. Amit Rastogi. “For PriMed it means that we will now be able to invest in technology and internal processes that will further benefit the health and well-being of our patients.”

PriMed, physician-owned and led, based in southwestern Connecticut, has a network of doctors who agree to provide high-quality and efficient care by focusing on preventive medicine, wellness, population health management, and care coordination, the essence of what is called an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Patients’ care is based in a clinically-integrated, team approach to include physicians, advanced nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are committed to patients’ overall health care needs. This commitment is shown in strong affiliations with hospitals, medical technology innovation, use of electronic health care records for communication between doctors, and continuous patient satisfaction improvement, to name some.

Physicians share patient information such as medical records, which can eliminate duplicative and unnecessary tests and procedures. This also lessens a patient’s frustration with having to provide the same information to various doctors. However, patients are free to choose providers outside the ACO.

“The shift that is happening in health care from a fragmented system to one that is focused on collaboration will improve patient care significantly,” said PriMed’s Medical Director Arnold DoRosario, M.D. “Systematic tools and processes inherent in the ACO model bridges communication between primary care doctors and specialists, which is critical in the effectiveness of patient treatments and outcomes.”

PriMed LLC, formed in 1996, is a physician-owned multi-specialty group of more than 115 health care providers with 39 locations in Connecticut. PriMed serves patients in Fairfield and New Haven counties and continues to expand. Physician specialties include internal and family medicine, cardiovascular medicine, ear, nose & throat, endocrinology and metabolism, gastroenterology, geriatrics, general surgery, infectious disease, pediatrics, podiatric medicine and surgery, pulmonary and sleep medicine, rheumatology and arthritis, urology, physical therapy, and nutritional counseling.

Information about PriMed physicians, services and office locations is available at 1-888-PRIMED1 (774-6331) or PriMedMD.com.

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