MPAC’s Radke Talks Patient Engagment

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Addresses Florida Association of ACOs

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Brenda Radke, CEO of Brevard Physicians Network and Medical Practitioners for Affordable Care (MPAC) presented a seminar about patient engagement to the founding members of the Florida Association of ACOs (FLAACOs), which recently held its first official all members meeting in Orlando at an event sponsored by eClinicalWorks.

BRENDA RADKE, CEO of Brevard Physicians Network and Medical Practitioners for Affordable Care (MPAC) presented a seminar about patient engagement to the founding members of the Florida Association of ACOs (FLAACOs), who recently held its first official all members meeting in Orlando. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

BRENDA RADKE, CEO of Brevard Physicians Network and Medical Practitioners for Affordable Care (MPAC) presented a seminar about patient engagement to the founding members of the Florida Association of ACOs (FLAACOs), who recently held its first official all members meeting in Orlando. (SpaceCoastDaily.com image)

MPAC’s Radke, who also serves as FLAACO’s treasurer, is among the organization’s founding members and includes ACO’s from all areas of Florida. MPAC was approved last July and comprised of 145 participating local physicians.

“We have engaged a very high quality, well motivated group of physicians who, through the Shared Savings Program, will work with CMS to provide Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with high quality patient-centered service and care, while reducing the growth in Medicare expenditures through enhanced care coordination,” said Radke.

We have engaged a very high quality, well motivated group of physicians who, through the Shared Savings Program, will work with CMS to provide Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with high quality patient-centered service and care, while reducing the growth in Medicare expenditures through enhanced care coordination,” said Radke.

In addition to presentations from Radke and eClinicalWorks, the meeting included welcome and wrap-up by FLAACOs CEO Nicole Bradberry and talks from Gino Tenace, chief strategy officer for MedSolutions (Greater Nashville Area), who addressed medical costs; Kelly Conroy, PBACO, who spoke about shared savings; Sheila Fuse, Primary Partners, who talked about gPro Reporting; and Mike Segal, a partner and health law attorney with Broad and Cassel, regarding waivers.

The founding members of the organization include: Orange Accountable Care Jacksonville, Northeast Florida), American Health Alliance (Ocala & The Villages, Central Florida), Medical Practitioners for Affordable Care (Melbourne, Brevard County), Nature Coast ACO (Beverly Hills, FL, Citrus County), Collaborative Care of Florida (Orlando Area), Physicians Collaborative Trust ACO (Maitland, Central Florida), ProCare Med (Fort Myers, Southwest Florida), Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization (Palm Beach, FL Area), South Florida Accountable Care Organization (Miami-Dade and Broward Counties) Primary Partners (Clermont, Lake County), Primary Partners ACIP (Clermont, Lake County), BAROMA Health Partners (OTC, BRMA) (Miami, FL), and Diagnostic Clinic Walgreens Well Network (Tampa-based, Florida Statewide).

ACOs SHARE BEST PRACTICES

According to Bradberry, the meeting gave the ACOs a chance to share best practices.

Nicole Bradberry, CEO of FLAACO

Nicole Bradberry, CEO of FLAACO

“We’re all visionaries in creating more coordinated patient care that leads to higher quality and lower costs,” she said.

“Having the opportunity to share experiences was invaluable to all who attended.”

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services paved the way for ACOs with the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

As of May 2013, 220 MSSP ACOs and 32 Pioneer ACOs were serving 4.1 million assigned beneficiaries in 47 states, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

“FLAACOs will create a community to provide a voice for the ACO marketplace and its participating physicians,” said Bradberry, who also serves as president Orange Health Solutions, which fully manages two ACOs in North and Central Florida and provides services to others.

“Our goal, with this association, is to provide advocacy and support to all Florida ACOs so they can become the health-care models of the future.”

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