October will mark the seven-month anniversary since legislation was adopted to overhaul the nation’s health care system, but for Advocate Health Care, recently named one of the nation’s top 10 health systems, October marks a new chapter in its seven-year journey to help transform the way health care is delivered.
After signing a landmark deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the state’s largest health insurance company, with more than 7 million members, Advocate announced that it is launching a benchmark care delivery system that will continue to drive enhanced collaboration among physicians, hospitals, payers and employers. This new approach, consistent with the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model, sets higher clinical expectations and puts reimbursement at risk for poor outcomes.
“Over the last decade we have learned from our Clinical Integration Program that investment in coordinated care translates into healthier patients,” said Lee Sacks, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer at Advocate Health Care. “AdvocateCare is the next step in hardwiring an affordable solution while offering higher quality.”
Advocate, through Advocate Physician Partners (APP) has already established itself as a leader in clinical integration and its success in the private market has sparked wide-spread adoption of its evidence-based practices. APP is a collaboration of 3,600 employed and independent physicians and Advocate, which is comprised of 250 sites of care including ten hospitals and two integrated children’s hospitals—serving more than one million residents in the Chicagoland area.
Just last month Washington administration staff met with Advocate leaders to learn more about its clinical integration program and how it can be used to help craft ACO regulation and benefit millions of Medicare recipients nationwide.
Advocate’s president and chief executive officer (CEO), Jim Skogsbergh and executive vice president (EVP) and chief medical officer (CMO), Lee Sacks, MD, outlined the details of its new care model and partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield during a press conference in Washington.
About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care, one of the nation's top 10 health systems, based on clinical performance, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children's hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care),two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its three major teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $462 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland in 2009.
About Advocate Physician Partners (APP)
Advocate Physician Partners is the care management and managed care contracting joint venture between the Advocate Health Care system and select physicians on the medical staffs of Advocate hospitals. With a physician network that includes more than 1,100 primary care physicians and 2,500 specialists, Advocate Physician Partners is focused on improving health care quality and outcomes-while reducing the overall cost of care-in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Advocate Physician Partners' award-winning clinically integrated approach to patient care utilizes best practices in evidence-based medicine, advanced technology and quality improvement techniques.