KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – November 19, 2014 – Improved health and more coordinated services for the growing number of Humana Medicare Advantage members in East Tennessee is the goal behind a new exclusive Accountable Care agreement between Summit Medical Group and Humana Inc.
Accountable care is a fast-growing model for health care service delivery and health care provider payment. The model focuses on creating health in addition to treating sickness, utilizes the primary care physician to coordinate care for the patient, offers treatment options based on proven standards of care, and better controls costs through integrated care and reimbursement based on adherence to standards of care.
“As a Medicare enrollee’s needs become more complex, the number of needed services and service providers increases,” said Tim Young, Summit Medical Group Chief Executive Officer. “This is when Summit’s Care Coordination staff can intervene and act as the facilitator for the patient, family and the physician, ultimately increasing quality of life and containing costs associated with aging.”
The new seven-year agreement becomes effective January 1, 2015