Tucson Medical Center Case Study: Clinical and Economic Integration in an ACO
Clinical and economic integration between physicians and hospitals is the key to success in any Accountable Care Organization. This starts with the infrastructure to make an ACO work—including building a network of employed and non-employed physicians, providing connectivity and access to information, forming a working relationship with payers, and most importantly getting everyone on board. During this session, you’ll learn how a leading medical center—and one of the organizations involved in the Brookings-Dartmouth ACO pilot—pulled it all together.
This session will help you:
- Review the steps necessary to build an infrastructure to support ACO development.
- Overcome the challenges in building a virtual network including independent physicians
- Build a strong working relationship with payers.
- Understand the lessons learned from the Brookings/Dartmouth pilot
Who Will Benefit?
- Executive leadership
- Chief Medical Officers, Medical Directors
- Quality and Care Management Directors
Medical Groups/PHOs/IPAs/Physician Practices:
- Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director
- IPA Leadership
- Directors of Contracting and Provider Relations
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About our Speakers
Palmer “Pal” Evans is the former Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. He began his administrative career at TMC in 1996 and retired in 2005, returning as Chief Medical Officer in 2007 at the request of TMC HealthCare’s Board of Trustees. He retired again in July 2010 but continues in a consulting role to TMC and the Southern Arizona Accountable Care Organization.
Evans is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a faculty member of the Arizona Healthcare Leadership Academy, and serves on the Board of La Posada at Park Centre, a nationally recognized Continuing Care Retirement Community. He is a member of the board of the Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services and the TMC Foundation. In 1993, Evans was awarded the Wyeth-Ayerst Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for his work on The Arizona Placental Project. Evans was a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist in Tucson from 1974 to 1999 and is a Life Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.