Blue Shield of California, Aledade, Altais to tackle VBC with tech

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Blue Shield of California is the first payer to sign with a new value-based care collaborative with healthcare services company Altais and health IT company Aledade.

The initiative will be joined by the California Medical Association (CMA), representing 44,000 physicians in California.

San Francisco-based Altais—a company that helps physicians maximize the health and well-being of their patients—is financially backed by Blue Shield of California. The Blues plan will launch its participation in the collaborative next year by making value-based care agreements available to physicians working with Altais and Aledade, the companies announced.

“The collaboration completes a vision for serving independent physicians in California that has been under development by the three parties for some time,” executives of the companies said in a statement. “The initiative will bring innovative workflow technology and services to physician practices, helping doctors and their staff to focus their efforts on delivering higher quality, affordable care to their patients.”

Aledade was founded is headed by Farzad Mostashari, MD, former national coordinator for Health IT; the company currently provides technology and data analytics, user-friendly clinical and administrative workflows, and practice transformation support to more than 6,500 providers in 25 states. Aledade supports 19 Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations in the U.S.

“Physicians desire to reduce the administrative burden of practice using the latest high-tech tools and services so that they can better focus on their passion: caring for their patients,” says Jeff Bailet, MD, president and CEO of Altais. “We’re thrilled that our first announced initiative is a collaboration to bring technology and services that will help physicians flourish under value-based arrangements, which are becoming a mainstay of modern healthcare. Aledade and CMA are the right organizations to help us deliver on this opportunity for physicians.”

Last May, Aledade and CMA announced a collaboration to create physician-led ACOs in California to participate in the government sponsored Pathways to Success MSSP. The first of these Medicare ACOs will be launched in January.

Through the broader partnership between Altais, Aledade and CMA, physicians will have an opportunity over time to positively impact many more of their patients with the addition of value-based care arrangements for their commercially insured population, the groups said.

“Independent physicians contracting with Altais will benefit from our suite of innovative technology and population health management solutions,” Mostashari said. “These tools, paired with the support of a leading payer and physician organization, will empower physicians to succeed in the new value-based health care system.”

CMA President David Aizuss, MD said the new collaborative will help CMA in its mission to bring more common-sense reforms to the U.S. healthcare system.

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