Elias Belezos, M.D. to join Grove Medical Associates

The providers and staff at Grove Medical Associates are pleased to announce that Elias Belezos, M.D. will be joining their practice effective May, 1 2017 as a Primary Care Physician.  Dr. Belezos has been a board certified Internal Medicine physician since 1996.  He received his Medical Degree from The University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed his internship and residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.  Prior to joining Grove Medical Associates, Dr. Belezos served as the Director of the Hospitalist Program at Harrington Memorial Hospital in Southbridge, MA and had also worked as a Primary Care Physician in Central Massachusetts.  Additionally, Dr. Belezos had also been employed as a Medical Consultant for the Boston Red Sox for eight years. Currently, he is the Medical Director for Overlook Hospice Services.  His clinical interests include treating diabetes, joint disease, cardiovascular disease as well as providing palliative and end of life care.  In addition to English, Dr. Belezos is fluent in Greek.

Dr. Belezos will be available to see new patients on May 1, 2017. Please contact Grove Medical Associates by phone at 508-753-2060 ext. 177 to schedule a new patient appointment.  Patients may also register as a new patient by visiting the practice’s website at www.grovedoc.com

CMIPA to Join Steward Health Care Network

CENTRAL MASS. PHYSICIAN NETWORK TO JOIN STEWARD HEALTH CARE NETWORK

 

Partnership with Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association will align doctors with a leading ACO, broaden Steward’s proven quality healthcare model

 

(Worcester, Massachusetts) – Steward Health Care Network (SHCN) and Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association, LLC (CMIPA) today announced that Steward plans to welcome CMIPA into its network, expanding its innovative Accountable Care model to serve more patients throughout Central Massachusetts and benefitting existing patients by improving quality and managing healthcare costs.

 

The partnership aims to facilitate the entry of more patients into the kind of accountable care model being encouraged by state and federal health care officials as part of broader efforts to control costs and improve care. In that model, the provider assumes some of the risk associated with health care costs, incentivizing preventative care and better coordination between physicians, specialists, and other members of the healthcare team.

 

CMIPA physicians will now accept a broader set of insurance plans – another key benefit for consumers. The arrangement will increase consumer choice and will strengthen the exceptional, high quality care currently provided by approximately 200 CMIPA physicians. CMIPA referral relationships with central Massachusetts acute care facilities will not be affected by the proposed arrangement and will remain in place.

 

“Steward’s approach is all about keeping patients healthy and emphasizing coordinated, preventative care. Health care is moving towards an emphasis on keeping patients healthy – not just treating them in a hospital when they’re sick.” said Dr. Mark Girard, President of the Steward Health Care Network. “Patients in Central Massachusetts deserve to benefit from the new focus on coordinated care. Connecting CMIPA to the Steward Health Care Network will align these exceptional physicians with our leading Accountable Care model. It will benefit Central Massachusetts residents from both a patients and a consumer perspective.”

 

Gail Sillman, the CEO of CMIPA, views the deal with CMIPA as both a plus for patients and physician members and the Central Massachusetts marketplace.  “Steward Health Care Network is a national leader in the accountable care model and will be a game changer in Central Massachusetts, creating new competition and partnerships in the region. They have invested heavily in technology and infrastructure and this partnership will allow CMIPA to retain its local autonomy and access the more sophisticated population health tools and resources to better manage our population across the entire spectrum of care.”  This sentiment is echoed by Dr. Wayne Glazier, President of Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association who feels that the alignment with Steward Health Care Network “will help to improve care while advancing an accountable care model that Steward has pioneered and which has been proven to help control costs and create better outcomes for patients. With coordination between Steward and our physicians, we can ensure that CMIPA physicians are part of their leading effort to deliver world-class care to the entirety of Massachusetts – not just downtown Boston. Achieving the quality and cost benefits of a robust accountable care model on our own would not have been possible, so this is a win-win for our physicians and our patients.”

 

Member physicians of CMIPA voted to approve their executive committee’s recommendation to move forward with the partnership. Established as a physician-run organization in 1998, CMIPA today represents more over 200 physicians, consisting of both community-based physicians and employed physicians and provides health care services to more than 30,000 patients. They will join Steward’s 3,000 providers who serve communities across eastern Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire and northern Rhode Island.

 

Steward’s Accountable Care model has earned national recognition for its success in providing quality healthcare services to patients while helping manage costs. The Steward-CMIPA partnership will be subject to the standard state review process.

 

About Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association

Established in 1998, the Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association is a physician-governed organization that provides support, services and equity to independent physicians in Central Massachusetts. We strive to develop cohesive relationships among our members/providers to ensure that patients receive timely access to healthcare services. Our collective strength enables our members to manage their practices efficiently and to receive fair compensation for the care they provide. We provide tools and data so that our members can practice with the best-available technology and most up-to-date clinical information. We seek to build relationships with hospitals, health plans and community agencies to support our mission and to enhance quality healthcare for our patients.

 

About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated health care services organization and community hospital network in New England. Headquartered in Boston, Steward is one of the five largest employers in Massachusetts with more than 17,000 employees in more than 150 communities. Steward is comprised of Steward Medical Group, Steward Health Care Network, and Steward Hospital Group. Steward Medical Group provides approximately 1 million patient encounters per year at 152 sites and manages homecare and hospice with 300,000 and 35,000 encounters respectively. Steward Health Care Network, a fully integrated care management company, has 3,000 physicians, with approximately 4 million patient encounters per year and affiliates or joint ventures with approximately 30 urgent care centers. Steward’s Hospital Group includes Norwood Hospital, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill and Methuen, Morton Hospital in Taunton, and New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. Additional information is available at www.steward.org.

 

CMIPA Recognized on Harvard Pilgrim’s 2015 Physician Group Honor Roll

Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association, LLC has been named to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care’s 2015  Physician Group Honor Roll.  The Harvard Pilgrim Physician Group Honor Roll recognizes physician groups that demonstrate a sustained commitment to providing exceptionally high quality care to their members.  The Honor Roll is refreshed annually, and is based on performance on 15 nationally endorsed quality measures (HEDIS) reflecting acute, chronic and preventive care.

Physician Honor Roll 2015 press release

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CMIPA & Doctors Express Open Urgent Care Center in Worcester, MA

Patients of Central Massachusetts physicians who are not affiliated with any hospital are able to access after-hour and weekend care without going to an emergency department. Doctors Express, in partnership with the 180-member Central Massachusetts Independent Physician Association, recently opened an urgent care center on 117 Stafford Street in Worcester.  A second urgent care center will open in Worcester in the Spring of 2016.  Doctors Express offers a high level of medical care for people too sick to go to a walk-in clinic, but not sick enough to require an emergency room visit. For more information go to www.doctorsexpressworcester.com.

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Gail Sillman, CEO of CMIPA, LLC and Rick Crews, President of MedVest, LLC, accepting citation from Senator Michael Moore at Doctors Express Open House


Jim Brennan, CEO of MedVest, LLC, Gail Sillman and Rick Crews at Doctors Express Open House

IPAs: Joining forces to retain independence

The steady drumbeat of reports about health systems, hospitals, insurance payers and other corporate entities buying up independent practices may give you pause. A growing number of physicians are responding to the changing reimbursement and regulatory landscape by opting for alternatives to traditional independent practice arrangements; indeed, the “2014 Survey of America’s Physicians” by the Physicians Foundation, an advocacy group, found that 53% of physicians were hospital or medical group employees compared with 44% in 2012 and 38% in 2008.

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How to Survive in Independent Practice

Despite a healthcare environment that’s pushing physicians toward employment, many doctors still value their autonomy, and are exploring strategies—from banding together in physician independent associations or consortiums to enhancing their business strategies—to preserve their independence in the face of increasing burdens and financial difficulty.

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Making Population Health Work at an FQHC: One CIO’s Experience

Unity Health Care, Inc. is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Washington, D.C., with over 25 care sites in the District. Unity provides ambulatory care, including primary care, specialty care, and dental care, as well as school-based healthcare at five sites, and services to the District’s two jails. It also has 11 care sites in homeless shelters. The FQHC has about 250 salaried physicians and 1,000 employees altogether.

Unity Health Care, which was founded in 1985 as Healthcare for the Homeless, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary this year. Last year, the organization saw 105,000 unique patients, and provided care via a half-million visits altogether. Its population is three-quarters African-American and 15 percent Latino, and serves all wards of the District. The organization operates on an annual budget of about $100 million, with about 85 percent of its revenues deriving from Medicaid payments, about 8 percent from grants, about 6 percent from private health insurers, and a small percentage from Medicare. It receives federal funding compensation for uncompensated care. About 11 percent of its patients are homeless.

Not only is Unity Health Care certified as a level 3 patient-centered medical home; it also became a Davies Award winning organization in 2012, recognizing its leveraging of healthcare IT.

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Five Tips To Be More Nimble Than Your Competition

The ability to be nimble and agile can set your company apart! Girish Navani, CEO of the cloud-based electronic health record giant eClinicalWorks, has five tips on how to retain that nimbleness even as your company grows.

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