Health care model designed to benefit patients, improve the coordination of care and reduce costs
Holy Cross Physician Partners (HCPP) has begun recruiting physicians into its clinically integrated network. Created in December 2011, HCPP is a response to a national reimbursement system that is shifting from a volume centric model to one based on performance where healthcare providers are held accountable for outcome and efficiency.
Participation is open to independent physicians in our community as well as those employed in the Holy Cross Medical Group," said HCPP Medical Director, Kenneth Homer, M.D. "Physicians will oversee the negotiation of contracts and determine the targeted quality metrics and the distribution of the performance dollars."
Participants in HCPP agree to: the collecting and sharing of clinical data; working on clinical improvement efforts; a willingness to adopt common information systems; participating in pay-for-performance contracts; and abiding by agreed upon requirements for clinical practice.
While not an Accountable Care Organization, a fundamental element of the Patient Protection and Affordability Act, the HCPP will develop the necessary infrastructure to evolve into such an entity should it elect to do so in the future.
HCPP governance and decision making will be made by a physician-dominated operating committee and subcommittees in quality, finance and contracting that will be comprised of independent and Holy Cross Hospital employed primary care and specialty physicians. A Board of Directors will be comprised of physicians, Holy Cross Hospital administration and members of the community.
"We believe doctors are in the best position to determine the proper course of treatment for their patients," said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick Taylor, M.D. "As part of its mission as a non-profit hospital, Holy Cross is providing the start-up capital and infrastructure for this physician-led organization."
Homer served on the Steering Committee that recreated HCPP and brings a unique perspective to the new organization. An internist in private practice from 1986 to 2008 with North Ridge Internal Medicine Associates, he served as the president and managing partner of the group. He is Chief Medical Officer at Holy Cross and currently holds academic appointments at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University.
Information technology will be a key part of HCPP’s success and the sharing of clinical outcomes through a web-based quality reporting system will provide HCPP physicians and their staff vital information for assuring that patients receive the best available care and service. The system will also provide a new level of transparency enabling the creation of quality performance reports as well as peer and national performance comparison.
Medical cost savings will come from a reduction in hospitalizations, elimination of redundant studies and testing, elimination of multiple pay for performance programs and better patient outcomes through application of best practices of care.
Holy Cross is nationally recognized for its successful collaborations with physicians. The Holy Cross Medical Group, created in 1994, currently employs more than 150 physicians providing services in locations throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Learn more about Holy Cross Physician Partners by visiting www.holycrossphysicianpartners.com or call 954-776-3210.