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Commercial ACO Collaborations: WESTMED Medical Group and UnitedHealthcare 
 
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Overview
Since establishing an accountable care organization in mid-2012, WESTMED, a large multispecialty group medical practice in Westchester County, New York, has seen significant improvements in patients taking their prescription medications properly; and for diabetics, more routine screening and better control of blood sugar levels.

WESTMED Medical Group recently announced that its ACO program with UnitedHealthcare and Optum improved on nine of 10 health quality metrics, increased patient satisfaction and reduced health care costs. More than 13,000 UnitedHealthcare plan participants who reside in Westchester County and are covered under an Oxford Health fully insured commercial plan were part of the initial ACO collaboration. WESTMED and UnitedHealthcare are expanding the ACO program to measure a greater number of metrics, and increase the number of plan participants in this program, including Westchester County-based UnitedHealthcare fully insured plan participants in the coming year, while continuing to improve health care quality and satisfaction for people in the initial group.

WESTMED received a nearly $1 million bonus under its ACO agreement with UnitedHealthcare by reducing practice variation, decreasing duplications in care and promoting the proper setting for care. Participating physicians who met both care quality and cost metrics focusing on providing the right level of care for patients may be eligible for bonuses. The medical group also will reinvest funds into ongoing technology enhancements to continue to improve quality of care, increase patient satisfaction and reduce health care costs.

Please join WESTMED's Doctor Barney Newman and UnitedHealth Network's Dennis O'Brien on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at 1PM Eastern as they discuss the results, lessons learned, challenges and implications of their ongoing accountable care collaboration.
 
Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:
  1. Understand the scope and history of WESTMED Medical Group's Accountable Care Organization
  2. Examine UnitedHealthcare's Accountable Care strategies and initiatives, and how the WESTMED collaboration came about.
  3. Ascertain the components and structure of the WESTMED and UnitedHealthcare accountable care collaboration
  4. Explore the performance and results of the WESTMED ACO to-date, and the metrics used in evaluating their delivery of care.
  5. Consider the lessons learned, challenges and implications for commercial ACO collaborations based on the WESTMED - UnitedHealthcare experience.
  6. Engage in interactive learning through online question submission, attendee feedback and opportunity for follow-up questions, and networking with attendees, faculty and other professionals through a dedicated LinkedIn group.
Who Should Attend
Interested attendees would include:
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Accountable Care Directors and Staff
  • Strategy and Planning Executives and Staff
  • Legal, Regulatory and Policy Executives and Staff
  • Health Reform, Transformation and Clinical Integration Executives and Staff
  • Managed Care and Revenue Cycle Executives and Staff
  • Business Development Executives and Staff
  • Operations Executives and Staff
  • Provider Network Managers and Staff
  • Provider Contracting Managers and Staff
  • Medical Directors
  • Clinical Executives
  • Care Management Executives

Attendees would represent organizations including:

  • Accountable Care Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Provider Networks
  • Medical Groups 
  • Health Plans 
  • Government Agencies
  • Solutions Providers 
  • Care Management Organizations
  • Associations, Institutes and Research Organizations 
  • Pharmaceutical Organizations
  • Media
  • Other Interested Parties


Registration
Commercial ACO Collaborations: WESTMED Medical Group and UnitedHealthcare 
 
  Individual Registration Fee: $195. webinar flash drive with video syncing slides and recorded audio, plus presentation pdf file: $45 for attendees; $260 for non-attendees after the event. Register online or download the event brochure.
 
 
 
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Faculty
Barney Newman, MD

Barney D. Newman, MD,
Medical Director, WESTMED Medical Group
Chief Medical Officer, WESTMED Practice Partners
 

Dr. Newman is the Medical Director of WESTMED Medical Group and the Chief Medical Officer for WESTMED Practice Partners. He has 28 years of progressive medical management experience including 12 years as Medical Director for Kaiser Permanente in the Northeast. While with Kaiser, Dr. Newman had regional responsibilities for clinical information systems and pharmacy and served on Kaiser’s National Clinical Information Systems Advisory and Interregional Transplant Committees. Dr . Newman has focused his career on organizing physicians in comprehensive delivery systems that are clinically integrated and that deliver high quality care. In 1999, he became the medical director for WESTMED Medical Group and has played a critical role in the practice’s growth and success.

For 30 years, Dr. Newman was an internist in White Plains, NY. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Milton S. Hershey Medical Center School of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University. He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY . Dr. Newman is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. His hospital affiliations are with White Plains Hospital and Greenwich Hospital. In his years on staff at White Plains Hospital, Dr. Newman has served on the Medical Staff Credentials Committee and has been a member of the Hospital Board’s Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning Committees.

Dr. Newman previously had academic appointments at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York Medical College and now has an academic appointment as clinical assistant professor of medicine at Cornell Medical College. He has served on the editorial advisory board for the Permanente Journal and as the managed care editor for Medscape. Dr. Newman was a founding board member of the Lord’s Pantry and now serves on the board for The Westchester Public Private Partnership for the Aging and the Westchester Collaborative for Palliative Care.

He is a member of the American College of Physicians and an emeritus member of the American College of Physician Executives.

 


Dennis O'Brien

Dennis O’Brien
Regional President—Northeast Network Management
UnitedHealth Group
 

Dennis P. O’Brien is responsible for the leadership, strategy and business development of Network Management for the Northeast Region within UnitedHealthcare within UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). His region is focused on driving initiatives that provide UnitedHealthcare customers/members with high quality care.

Dennis O’Brien joined UnitedHealth Group in May 2001 as Director of Network Management in our Chicago, Illinois office. He accepted the position of Vice President, Network Management in our Phoenix, Arizona Office in 2005. In 2007 Dennis accepted and is currently the Regional President – Northeast Network Management in our New York, New York Office. Dennis currently oversees networks supporting commercial, Medicare and Medicaid business in the Northeast Region which includes Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Dennis was the Manager of Customer Service at Health Net in Woodland Hills, California.

Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the California State University, Northridge.

 

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