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Published on July 23, 2015

St. Vincent’s announces new partnership for senior adults

By Clay Today

St. Vincent’s Health-Care and California-based Alignment Healthcare have established a partnership they promise will lower costs and increase care quality for senior residents in Clay and Duval counties.

According to a press release, Alignment will provide an advanced clinical model, designed for Medicare beneficiaries under a new program called Medicare Advantage.

Medicare Advantage is the first health system-based platform in the region and will bring concierge-level healthcare services to the local residents. Medicare recipients will receive access to personalized care through dedicated clinics focused on coordinated healthcare delivery with their primary care physicians.

"This is truly a unique partnership providing a highly integrated approach to the coverage and delivery of healthcare services to older adults in our community," said Kyle Sanders, president of St. Vincent’s Southside and system vice president of population health management. "We believe this hands-on care model will help prevent illness, improve lives and also lower healthcare costs."

"Our strategic partnership with St. Vincent’s HealthCare … will create a new care standard in Florida for mature adults," said John Kao, chief executive officer of Alignment Healthcare. "Our program enables integration by creating alignment across all parties, so the patient’s healthcare experience and clinical outcome improve commensurately."

Of the approximately 170,000 Medicare-eligible seniors living in Duval and Clay counties, 30 percent are currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. Medicare enrollees will have options to select this program during the open enrollment period that begins in October of 2015.

To care for area seniors, a network of St. Vincent’s HealthCare providers and hospitals will be available to members. Newly-constructed one-stop coordinated care centers will serve as the foundation of the provider network in Duval and Clay counties. Community physicians and other care providers will also be in the network to ensure seniors have access to a full continuum of care close to home.

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