ConnectiCare Partners with Doctors Statewide; Sees Members’ Primary Care Visits Rise

Community Medical Group, Inc. (formerly known as New Haven Community Medical Group, Inc.) the Latest to Begin Collaboration Arrangement

FARMINGTON, CT (December 11, 2014) – ConnectiCare, Inc. and Affiliates, Connecticut’s local health plan, has made significant progress in getting its members to their doctors regularly through active collaboration arrangements with doctors statewide.  As a result, primary care visits are up and hospital admissions, readmissions and emergency room visits are down.

ConnectiCare has practice collaboration arrangements with eight Connecticut-based medical groups throughout the State including:  Integrated Care Partners (Hartford HealthCare), St. Francis HealthCare Partners, ProHealth Physicians, Connecticut State Medical Society IPA, Grove Hill Medical Group, Charlotte Hungerford Multi-Specialty Group and Connecticut Multi-Specialty Group.  Most recently, Community Medical Group, a physician-led independent practice association, based in New Haven has entered into a collaboration arrangement with ConnectiCare.

Together with these medical groups, ConnectiCare uses claims and other data to identify and address patient care needs.  Through these collaboration arrangements, ConnectiCare’s dedicated care management teams work with assigned provider groups.  The goal is to coordinate patients’ care and provide support for effective follow-through by the doctor and patient.

Group medical practices benefit when patient outcomes improve in accordance with widely used measures that focus on the quality of care and overall health.  Patients benefit too by being involved in a medical home with their primary care provider (PCP) and realizing improvements in their health and conditions.

“What’s unique about ConnectiCare’s provider collaboration program is that we live and work here in Connecticut – just like our network of doctors and our members, their patients.  We can engage local resources, such as community centers and meal delivery services that non-local carriers wouldn’t even know about.  It’s this extra touch and the face-to-face interactions we have with the participating doctors every day that makes the program a success,” said ConnectiCare’s Dr. John Harper, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

“Working with ConnectiCare, its medical data, care management and support staff, gives us  better insight into our patients’ health and provides much more information than any single doctor’s visit alone ever could.  Together we are finding patients who need our care – maybe when they are in need of a family doctor or a specialist or maybe after treatment by a specialist or a hospital that the primary care physician did not know about.  The partnership allows for our practices and ConnectiCare to see a fuller picture of patients’ needs for treatment, resources or ongoing management,” said Dr. Joseph Quaranta, President, Community Medical Group.

ConnectiCare’s practice collaboration arrangement partnerships are highly selective and customized to the unique services and patient population served by each medical group.  The partnerships have been in place for Medicare members since 2008 and were expanded to include non-Medicare members in 2014.  Additional practice partnerships are planned in 2015.
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About ConnectiCare
ConnectiCare is a health plan based in Farmington, Connecticut, and a subsidiary of EmblemHealth. ConnectiCare has a full offering of products for business, municipalities, individuals and those who are Medicare-eligible. A local company for more than 30 years, ConnectiCare maintains all operations and over 675 employees in Farmington, CT. Visit our website: www.connecticare.com or www.chooseconnecticare.com.

About CMG
CMG is an Independent Practice Association with 750 member physicians plus associated providers working in 310 practices located throughout 33 Connecticut towns ranging from Essex to Fairfield and as far north as Cheshire. CMG’s primary mission is to pursue the goals of the Triple Aim: delivering care in a patient focused manner, improving the quality of care that its providers deliver, and delivering that care in an efficient and cost-effective manner. CMG has developed a clinically integrated network among its physicians and has numerous quality improvement programs in place. CMG also has several active value-based ACO programs covering over 100,000 patients.

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