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CEO/CMO Letter

Dear Colleagues,

As you read through this first quarterly newsletter for 2017, you’ll find that the team at Signature Partners has been incredibly busy as we continue to develop the network in an effort to bring added value to our physician members while striving to drive improvements in quality and cost of care. Perhaps most importantly, with 2017 being the first reporting year under MACRA, we have been developing our strategy for how to position our providers to maximize their performance under this new governmental program. As you’ll read in greater detail below, all providers within Signature Partners Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) will meet the reporting requirements under MIPS in 2017, thereby avoiding a penalty and being eligible for a fee schedule increase of between 0.1% – 4.0% in 2019. We are also in the process of evaluating various “advanced alternative payment models” for 2018, and will likely be applying to begin a track 1+ MSSP. We’ll have more information on these programs in the coming weeks and months.

I am also pleased to announce that at the beginning of the year, Signature Partners became a member of CAPG, the largest national association of physician groups with over 250 large physician groups and networks from around the country, several of whom have been engaged in risk contracting for many years. As a member of CAPG, we will be participating with their annual Standards of Excellence certification program, which will help us assess our strengths and weaknesses as a clinically integrated network, and how we compare to our peers. One of the other values is access to a variety of educational programs and webinars which we will be able to make available to our providers.

As you know, one of the foundational reasons for developing a clinically integrated network is to drive improvements in quality, cost and experience of care, thereby bringing value to patients and payers. We’re very proud to announce that Signature Partners has earned the trust of Johns Hopkins Health Care to become their first and only provider network in Northern Virginia, allowing them to market their Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP), which is an exclusive agreement with the Department of Defense for a TRICARE “Prime” product. This spring, Signature Partners and Johns Hopkins Health Care will begin jointly marketing this product to over 100,000 TRICARE members in Northern Virginia, bringing new patients and opportunities to earn value-based payments to our providers.

Lastly, we’re excited to announce that Signature Partners has executed a contract with athenahealth® for their electronic medical record and revenue cycle platform, which we can now offer to our providers at a very competitive rate. athenahealth® is a top ranked ambulatory EMR and billing platform that will not only help providers succeed in their day-to-day practice operations, but will also help Signature Partners succeed in the area of population health, as we will be better able to capture key quality and utilization metrics. For more information on how to learn more about athenahealth®, please see below.

Thanks to all of you for your participation and engagement.

Matt Poffenroth, MD, MBA
CEO/CMO, Signature Partners

Signature Partners Annual Dinner Held March 2, 2017 – Video

Signature Partners held its third Annual Dinner on March 2 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend. We hope you enjoyed a lively conversation with athenahealth® and found the keynote address on MACRA and MIPS by Donald Crane beneficial.

 If you were not able to attend, we are including a link to the video of the evening’s presentations below. Hope to see you next year!

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Message from CMO

Welcome to the Spring edition of Signature Partners News. The first quarter of 2016 is off to a great start, as we’ve welcomed 36 new primary care physicians and 61 new specialists to the network, with several other providers soon to follow. I’d like to extend a special welcome to Dr. Armani and Dr. Sileo who recently joined us from Privia Medical Group. For names of the other providers who have joined, please refer to the “Signature Partners News” section within this newsletter.

As Signature Partners grows we have embarked on several key quality initiatives that I’d like to share some updates:

1) To comply with the Medicare Shared Savings Program, we successfully completed reporting to CMS for Measurement Year 2015 on all 22 quality measures, protecting our participating providers’ Part B claims from a negative adjustment in Payment Year 2017. Our clinical quality and satisfaction scores will be published on our website in 3Q2016.

2) As recommended by our PCP Advisory Council, we have hired staff into a Quality and Clinical Integration role. This experienced group of clinical quality facilitators is currently visiting primary care practices to introduce their role, our quality initiatives, and discuss clinical integration.

3) Our Advanced Illness and Geriatrics Program is scheduled to launch in June. This program is made up of 4 elements:

  • SNFist Program – deploying providers to a select group of high quality SNFs, with which we will contract to manage our post-acute care patients
  • Advanced Illness Clinic – located at the IMG Oakton office, this clinic will serve as a medical home to our most medically complex patients who require more time and services than typical primary care offices can offer
  • Geriatrics Assessment Clinic – co-located with our advanced illness clinic, board-certified geriatricians will provide consultative services for patients with complex geriatric conditions
  • House Calls Program – teams of providers (MD/NP/SW) will provide comprehensive primary care for house bound patients with advanced and complex illness

Lastly, I’d like to invite you to join us at our Annual SPN Provider Dinner on June 9th at the Inova Center for Personalized Health . Our keynote speaker will be Blair Childs, SVP of Public Affairs for Premier Healthcare Alliance, who will speak about how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will impact physicians. Signature Partners is committed to helping our independent primary and specialty care physicians to succeed in the era of payment reform, and the MACRA legislation will be a driving force which all providers should understand. I look forward to seeing you all at the dinner, and hearing about your concerns.

 

 

Signature Partners