Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast Forms Unique Joint Venture with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company and Southeast Orthopedic Specialists

 

Jacksonville, FL (July 27, 2020) – Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast, part of Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S, has signed an agreement with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) to create a transformational healthcare platform that will improve the quality of musculoskeletal care and patient outcomes across North Florida.

Through the partnership, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast and HOPCo are developing a clinically-integrated, musculoskeletal platform that will include comprehensive musculoskeletal hospital service line management and innovative programs to promote outpatient care. In Northeast Florida, the partnership will also include the development of ambulatory surgery centers as well as the first orthopedic specialty hospital in the region. The parties will also work together to develop a clinically-integrated network of musculoskeletal physician practices.

HOPCo is partnered with Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, the leading musculoskeletal provider in the Jacksonville market, through a partnership known as HOPCo Florida.  HOPCo is a leading provider of musculoskeletal outcomes and fully integrated management, value-based health care solutions and care coordination for practices, payors and health systems.

“Our Mission is to provide clinically excellent, compassionate, personalized care to all people, with special attention to those who are struggling the most,” said Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast President and CEO Tom VanOsdol. “This partnership represents a quantum leap forward in our goal to increase access to the finest available musculoskeletal care for those we are so blessed to serve.”

Together HOPCo, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists, and Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast will partner with other physicians in the community to develop an aligned and efficient network that coordinates the best care for patients.

“At end of the day, this is about bringing together all musculoskeletal providers — hospitals, physicians, ambulatory surgery centers — into one highly-integrated network and delivering quality and value to the community as we have done with partners in many regions,” said DeLyle Manwaring, Executive Vice President of Health Systems for HOPCo. “We are honored to work with these two organizations to build the next generation of transformative musculoskeletal care for the patients of northern Florida.”

A clinically-integrated network (CIN), like the one this partnership is creating, is designed to improve overall quality of care and efficiency of care delivery by allowing providers to streamline care for their shared patients, which has been proven to result in improved outcomes and lower costs for both patents and insurers.

“After partnering with HOPCo earlier this year, the creation of a clinically-integrated network with a top-tier health system was our first area of focus and we could not have a better partner than Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast,” said Donnie Romine, CEO of Southeast Orthopedic Specialists and President of HOPCo Florida.

 

 

About Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast

Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast includes Ascension Providence based in Mobile, Ala., Ascension Sacred Heart based in Pensacola, Fla., and Ascension St. Vincent’s based in Jacksonville, Fla. Together, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast operates nine hospitals and more than 100 other sites of care and employs more than 12,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension Providence, Ascension Sacred Heart and Ascension St. Vincent’s have served North Florida and South Alabama communities for more than 145 years. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org.

 

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike. HOPCO’s affiliated payors, practices and health systems successfully participate in highly efficient value-based contracting (bundled payments, capitated population health programs, and other risk-based arrangements) utilizing HOPCo’s proprietary platforms, IT solutions, integrated analytics, and standardized care pathways. This helps our partners obtain real time, actionable insights into their systems, allowing them to comprehensively manage the entire business while improving outcomes for their treasured patients.

 

About Southeast Orthopedic Specialists

Established in 2001, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is a regional leader in orthopedic medicine. The practice has consistently grown and now features board-certified and fellowship-trained Orthopedic Surgeons, board-certified and fellowship-trained Sports Medicine Physiatrists, Pain Management Physiatrists, a certified Chiropractor and certified Podiatrists with five state-of the-art locations, offering ancillary services such as MRI, X-Ray, DME and physical therapy.

 

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Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)
Daniel Goldberg
Sr. Director of Marketing, Branding and Communications
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Dr. Wael Barsoum Accepts New Role with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company

Now to Become HOPCo’s President and Chief Transformation Officer

 

Phoenix, AZ (June 25, 2020) – Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management, has announced that Dr. Wael Barsoum has been appointed to the role of President and Chief Transformation Officer.  For the past six years, Dr. Barsoum served as the CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida and was responsible for significant growth in both size and revenue.  Last year, HOPCo expanded into the Florida market through a partnership with Jacksonville based Southeast Orthopedic Specialists.  Dr. Barsoum will remain in Ft. Lauderdale to help lead HOPCo’s expansion both in Florida and on a national level beginning on August 15, 2020.

“The addition of Dr. Barsoum is a major milestone for us,” said Founder and CEO of HOPCo, Dr. David Jacofsky.  “Our executive team is comprised of some of the most forward-thinking minds in healthcare and Dr. Barsoum’s history of innovation and commitment to value-based care makes him the ideal leader to assume this role”.

In his role as President and Chief Transformation Officer, Dr. Barsoum will lead HOPCo’s market transformation initiatives by further aligning stakeholders to continue the shift from volume-based care to value-based care models.  He will also oversee HOPCo’s musculoskeletal service line hospital integrations, musculoskeletal specialty hospitals, quality programs as well as operations.

“HOPCo has emerged as a strong leader in the musculoskeletal space,” said Dr. Barsoum. “I am truly excited about the opportunity to help drive the national expansion of their proven value-based care and population health models”.

During his tenure as CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic Florida, Dr. Barsoum cultivated and transformed Cleveland Clinic Florida from a $600M, single, 155-bed hospital system with 9 remote sites to a $1.8B, 5-hospital, 1,083-bed tertiary and quaternary care hospital system with over 40 regional sites.  Dr. Barsoum is an effective visionary adept at forecasting future challenges and instituting roadmaps for organizational success, while simultaneously being an active joint replacement surgeon and the Co-Editor in Chief of The Journal of Hip Surgery. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, presented at over 300 conferences internationally and is a member of the prestigious Hip Society as well as the Knee Society. Dr. Barsoum also currently holds the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Distinguished Chair in Healthcare Innovation and has been the principal investigator for clinical, basic science and translational studies with over 50 granted or pending US patents.

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About Healthcare Outcome Performance Company (HOPCo)

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.

 

For media inquiries, please contact:

Daniel Goldberg, Sr. Director of Marketing, Branding and Communications HOPCo
623.241.8649
Daniel.Goldberg@hopco.com

 

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management, announces the appointment of Alan Hoops to the company’s Board of Directors, effective June, 2020.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Alan to our board and look forward to his contributions,” said Chairman of HOPCo, Dr. David Jacofsky. “Alan’s 30 years of experience in building best in class companies in the managed care industry and his recognition of our mission to improve value will be a great asset for HOPCo. We are confident that Alan will help drive the expansion of true population health and alternative payment models in musculoskeletal care across the country.”

Alan Hoops joins HOPCo with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare and managed care industries and was a former Chairman and CEO of PacifiCare (NYSE: PHS). During his tenure of over 20 years, Hoops led the rapid expansion of the company and quadrupled revenues to $11 billion. Hoops presided over multiple acquisitions and organic growth that expanded PacifiCare from California into eight western states. Under his leadership, PacifiCare launched the Secure Horizon’s program which became the nation’s largest Medicare HMO health plan, serving more than 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in nine states. In 2006, in partnership with JP Morgan Equity Partners, Hoops led the purchase of CareMore Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage Plan, and served as Chairman and CEO of CareMore from 2006-2011. Hoops then became Executive Chairman of HealthEssentials, a company focused on hospice and post-acute care, from 2012-2017. Hoops is currently a board member of Corvel (Nasdaq: CRVL) and has been on the boards of six early-stage companies.

“Throughout my career I have been fortunate enough to work with companies that had the goal of expanding access to care while making the cost of care more affordable,” says Hoops.  “I am excited to lend my experience to help HOPCo align stakeholders across the country so that they can continue to achieve these goals.”

 

About Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo)

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo) is the leading provider of musculoskeletal value-based health outcomes management, service line management and practice management. This includes comprehensive management and optimization of specialties such as orthopedics, spine, hand, pain management, rehabilitation and neurology. HOPCO’s integrated care and analytics platform has proven to increase the quality of patient care and program revenue while reliably reducing the total cost of care across the care continuum for practices, health systems and payors alike.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Daniel Goldberg, Sr. Director of Marketing, Branding and Communications HOPCo
623.241.8649
Daniel.Goldberg@hopco.com

This article originally appeared in Becker’s Orthopedic Review on April 27, 2020

Jason Scalise, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Phoenix-based The CORE Institute and vice chairman of its management company HOPCo, outlines the practice’s main considerations as it prepares for elective surgeries to return. 

Question: What is your strategy for ramping surgery back up? 

Dr. Jason Scalise: Throughout this process, we have continued to care for patients’ urgent and acute musculoskeletal needs. Given the size of our organization, that continued to represent a considerable number of patients. We have adhered to local and national guidelines and postponed elective surgeries but have been in constant communication with patients who have been affected by this. We have prioritized patients based on most urgent needs as the restrictions begin to be eased. We have already planned for additional work hours at facilities such as our surgical specialty hospital to accommodate the surge in demand. 

Q: What is the biggest challenge for safety of patients and staff? 

JS: The safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority. As the restrictions in elective surgery are beginning to be lifted and the demand to address the backlog of care increases, a measured approach will be needed to ensure appropriate screening remains as we suspect it will continue to be recommended for the foreseeable future. We have implemented a robust screening infrastructure including antibody testing. By remaining true to our protocols and guidelines, I am confident we can mitigate any safety challenges that could otherwise occur. 

Q: What is your current backlog of surgical cases and how do you plan to recover financially? 

JS: Our backlog of postponed surgical cases is extensive. As we have been vigilant with our operations and finances throughout this process and have implemented extensive planning around potential challenges, we don’t really think of it as a financial ‘recovery’ per se. Instead, we feel we are well positioned to continue to move forward with patient care and practice growth opportunities. Due to our at-risk payer models, our savings-based revenues have increased. 

Q: What will your practice look like a year from now? 

JS:At the moment, it seems likely that several aspects or consequences of this pandemic will remain, at least in part. Social distancing, face masking and perhaps ongoing testing may continue to have a role a year from now. We also expect that most if not all of the telehealth opportunities will remain and perhaps even be encouraged going forward such that a new level of ‘virtual encounters’ may persist in the continuum of how we practice.

It also seems abundantly clear from all of the large payers around the country with whom we speak that as they also attempt to recover, a massive push towards alternative or at-risk payer models is eminent as a way of shifting even further the cost burden to providers and linking reimbursement to sustained performance. In order to perform well, physician practices should be prepared to quickly engage in robust data tracking and reporting capabilities, the ability demonstrate consistent clinical outcomes and be able to function in a population health type environment where a larger continuum of the patient’s care than just the surgical episode is the responsibility of the surgeon. Practices without the ability to do so quickly should look for partnerships that allow them to incorporate such resources. 

HOPCo creates new Southeast Specialty Care Network and selects Southeast Orthopedic Specialists as its first practice partner

Jacksonville, Florida (July 26, 2019) – Southeast Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) of Jacksonville, Florida, has partnered with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the national leader in the delivery of musculoskeletal practice management and value-based care solutions, to become the first organization in HOPCo’s new Southeast Specialty Care Network, LLC. The new HOPCo Southeast Specialty Care Network is expected to increase efficiencies and reduce overall costs associated with common orthopedic treatments, resulting in better care and lower bills for patients.

The network offers a clinically integrated care platform for the Florida orthopedic care market incorporating HOPCo’s quality outcomes tracking analytics and software tools, proprietary claims analytics, and value-based care resources. With these tools in place, physicians receive real-time data, assuring the greatest likelihood of superior outcomes for patients while lowering costs for providers, hospitals, health insurers and the patients themselves. Combined, these systems and tools have been proven to help health care industry partners throughout the U.S. achieve superior clinical outcomes and cost savings.

“HOPCo’s model of driving down the cost of care while improving quality and aligning stakeholders has proven to be a win-win for providers, hospitals, payors, and patients alike,” said Jason Scalise, MD, HOPCo’s Vice Chairman and Director of National Physician Integration. “The HOPCo Southeast Specialty Care Network in Florida will catalyze the ability for musculoskeletal providers in Florida to clinically integrate, collaborate with payors and health system partners and drive great value for the patients throughout the region.”

SOS Chief Executive Officer, Donnie Romine will serve as the President of HOPCo Southeast Specialty Care Network. Mr. Romine called the partnership with HOPCo the start of a value-based paradigm shift.

“A challenge to our business has been the relatively fragmented nature of our local Florida market, with providers, payors, and others working in completely different systems,” said Romine. “By leveraging HOPCo’s turnkey platform, the HOPCo Southeast Specialty Care Network will provide high-quality health care organizations in the region with the opportunity to rapidly participate in unique value-based care programs in an integrated manner.”

Connecting SOS’s clinical foundation with HOPCo’s Specialty Care Network analytics and care management systems results in a comprehensive and scalable musculoskeletal care management platform in Florida. For more information, visit hopco.com.

About Southeast Orthopedic Specialists

Established in 2001, Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is a regional leader in musculoskeletal care. SOS was founded on the principle of providing high-quality, comprehensive care in the North Florida region. The entire spectrum of orthopedic care is provided to patients including: orthopedic surgery, spine care, physiatry, pain management, chiropractic, podiatry and physical therapy.  Physicians at Southeast Orthopedic Specialists are leading experts in their field with decades of experience, including the completion of multiple fellowships and groundbreaking research.  Visit www.se-ortho.com to learn more.

Phoenix, Arizona (June 14, 2018) – Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company (HOPCo), the management firm behind the nationally renowned The CORE Institute, today signed a partnership agreement with another stellar name in the field, Northern Arizona Orthopaedics (NAO).

“HOPCo and NAO share a history of commitment to quality clinical outcomes,” said David J. Jacofsky, MD, HOPCo’s Chairman and CEO. “Through this partnership, we will build a unique, clinically integrated experience for the benefit of our patients, our health system partners, and the community at large throughout central and northern Arizona.”

NAO’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Company President Tim Bonatus, DO called the partnership a new era of collaboration. “We have been impressed with HOPCo’s interest in, and capacity for, clinical innovation and proactive preparation for payor reform, and HOPCo has been impressed with NAO’s brand and corporate culture, the quality of care provided, and the history of leadership in our community.”

Connecting NAO and The CORE Institute’s clinics and surgery centers through HOPCo’s analytics and care management systems results in something unprecedented: a comprehensive orthopedic care management platform stretching from Phoenix to Flagstaff and beyond. All of that is powered by HOPCo’s state-of-the-art healthcare information technology tools, providing real-time data to physicians, assuring the best likelihood of a good outcome for patients, and lowering costs for providers, hospitals, health insurers, and the patients themselves.

Through its relationships with The CORE Institute, The CORE Institute Specialty Hospital, Banner Health and others, HOPCo has developed an international reputation for innovation, research, and delivery of world-class musculoskeletal care.

The management company behind the internationally-renowned The CORE Institute has adopted a new name along with its expanded mission: HOPCo (Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company). And HOPCo is already achieving what few thought was possible: proving one can  provide better outcomes for orthopedic patients while lowering costs for patients, hospitals, and insurers.

“We are perhaps the only highly specialized, vertically integrated company with a proven track record in payor reform strategies including population health management”, says David J. Jacofsky, M.D., HOPCo’s Chairman and CEO. “From managing physician practices in new and unique ways, to partnering with hospitals and payors, HOPCo’s management services are delivering optimum patient care and increased profitability through value creation.  We will take on full population-based risk in the musculoskeletal space based on our platform’s performance.”

To achieve that, HOPCo has created unique, proprietary I.T. tools and decision support platforms that allow physicians and hospitals to easily drive evidence-based medicine, track and prevent complications in real time, and decrease the overall cost of care while aligning physicians, payor, and hospitals.

“We’re now able to produce validated predictive analytics,”, says Dr. Jacofsky, “assuring patients the best likelihood of a good outcome”.

The company’s preeminent role in Clinically Integrated Networks (CIN) is detailed on HOPCo’s new website, hopco.com,  along with its demonstrated success at managing population health through its medical economics team, claims analytic tools, and programs centered around wellness and prevention.

HOPCo’s clients and partners include impressive names such as Banner Health, and The CORE Institute, the largest orthopedic practice in the southwest United States.

In an era of growing uncertainty in healthcare, it seems HOPCo may be just what the doctor ordered.