Aledade, California Medical Association Announce Collaboration to Help Physicians Deliver Better Care at Lower Cost

Aledade, a company that partners with independent practices, health centers, and clinics to build and lead physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) anchored in primary care, is collaborating with the California Medical Association (CMA) to help independent physicians succeed in the value-based health care market.

CMA will help to identify and prepare physicians to join Aledade’s physician-led ACOs forming in California. Aledade is currently recruiting physicians for these ACOs to participate in the Pathways to Success Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). This collaboration marks Aledade’s first expansion into the California health care market.

“The California Medical Association has long supported the state’s physician community with the knowledge and resources to deliver the best possible care while remaining independent. Together, we will create a pathway for independent doctors to thrive in the new value-based health care system,” said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, CEO and co-founder of Aledade. “We look forward to giving California physicians the opportunity to benefit from an ACO model that rewards them for improving quality of care and patient health outcomes while controlling costs.”

The CMA was also optimistic about the partnership’s results. “This new collaboration will help thousands of physicians—particularly those in smaller, independent practices—focus on patient care instead of being bogged down by administrative tasks,” said David Aizuss, M.D., president of the CMA. “We believe this new model is one that can be replicated across the state, shifting toward more value-based care that will help physicians deliver better care to patients at a lower cost.”

This expansion into California adds to Aledade’s national value-based care network, which includes more than 4,000 providers in ACOs in 24 states that deliver care through contracts with Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, and commercially insured patients.

As part of the California project, Aledade is working closely with the nonprofit organization CalHIPSO, the California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization, which provides services to physician offices in California.

CalHIPSO will provide practice transformation support services to California physicians who join the Aledade ACO. The CMA is a founding partner in CalHIPSO, which helps small practice clinicians, community health centers, and public hospitals integrate technology solutions to better serve patients.

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