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agilon health CEO, Ron Kuerbitz, commemorates first anniversary with employees

It’s hard for me to believe that we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the formation of agilon health. It’s an important milestone, and the perfect time to take a minute and think about what you’ve accomplished and where we’re going.

As you all know, over the course of the last twelve months, our colleagues from PPMC and MDX all joined together to become agilon health. Then we grew beyond that with new teams based in Long Beach and Columbus, Ohio and now we’re adding even more strength through the opening of our newest office in Anaheim, California. Together, at nearly 500 colleagues, we are well positioned to support our growth in both existing markets as well as expand into new markets.

And that size and strength is dedicated to a high purpose. Here at agilon health we have the privilege to be part of a vibrant and growing organization that is changing healthcare. We’re creating jobs, helping doctors rediscover satisfaction in the practice of medicine, and most importantly helping to make healthcare accessible and affordable for those who need it most. In short, we’re bringing comfort and support to people who need help navigating the healthcare system, in many cases when they are facing new and challenging moments in their lives. While those sound like simple goals, they have eluded the best and brightest minds for decades. Some of the most prominent people in the country have tried and failed to solve the problems of our current healthcare system and reach those goals – from Presidents and leaders in Congress to policy experts and technology visionaries. Personally, I think we have the solution. There is no magic; we’re bringing a level of focus on fundamental processes, a level of experience and judgment, a level of creativity in solving problems, a level of technology sophistication, and most importantly, a level of enthusiasm and dedication that I haven’t seen anywhere in twenty-five years in healthcare. We’re already using those skills – we’ll be serving more than 1,700 physicians and more than 500,000 patients in three states by January 2018 – and we have thousands of more physicians all across the country asking for our help.

So, to the team at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice who had a vision, to all of you at PPMC, MDX and MDX Hawai’i and in Long Beach who took a chance to join together and form this new enterprise, to the pioneers in Fresno and at Central Ohio Primary Care who saw the vision and decided to lend their strength to the effort, to our newest partners who are in various stages of joining the company, I say it’s time to stop for a moment and marvel at what you’ve had the courage and determination to produce.

I invite you to pause to appreciate what we’ve already accomplished. But as our Chairman, Ron Williams, reminded me last week, we’re in a marathon, not a sprint. And the first anniversary of our founding is a great reminder that we’ve already taken our first steps. We’re coming into the second mile. Enjoy the run.

agilon health Names Ronald J. Kuerbitz Chief Executive Officer

Appointment of Former Fresenius Medical Care North America CEO Caps Six Months of Strong Growth

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Long Beach, Calif., January 13, 2017 – agilon health, a healthcare services and technology company dedicated to partnering with physicians to create value-based healthcare delivery systems, announced today the appointment of Ronald J. Kuerbitz as chief executive officer, effective February 20, 2017.  Mr. Kuerbitz’s announcement caps a period of strong momentum for agilon in which the company filled key leadership roles with deep expertise in value-based healthcare, expanded its geographic reach through strategic partnerships, and grew the number of patients served.

Mr. Kuerbitz was CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America (“Fresenius”), the $13 billion renal-care specialist with 70,000+ employees serving 1.3 million patients. He joins agilon having held a range of senior leadership positions during his 20-year career at Fresenius, including Chief Administration Officer, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Chief Legal Officer, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Kuerbitz is credited with instituting a number of strategic initiatives, including restructuring Fresenius’ core dialysis services operations and creating one of the nation’s leading hospitalist physician practice management companies, supporting 2,000 providers under both fee-based and Medicare shared savings payment systems. Mr. Kuerbitz led the company’s focus on bringing value-based care models to the renal community by creating a Medicare Advantage chronic special needs plan for end stage renal disease patients, entering into delegated capitation agreements for managing end stage renal disease and establishing Fresenius as the largest participant in Medicare’s renal shared savings program.

“We are delighted to welcome Ron to agilon health. He brings a powerful combination of leadership skills in healthcare services broadly and in physician-focused business models specifically,” said Ronald A. Williams, Chairman of agilon and former Chairman and CEO of Aetna. “Ron is a proven business builder with a strong reputation for integrity and a passion for improving the quality of patient health using value-based care.”

agilon was formed in July 2016 through the combination of leading management service organizations and technology businesses in California and Hawaii. The company partners with physicians to deliver better patient outcomes through an enhanced suite of integrated services, including clinical, administrative, and technology solutions. agilon is reinventing the primary care market by establishing long-term strategic and financial partnerships that allow physicians to take greater control of the insurance premiums that flows through their practices.

“I am delighted to join an exceptionally talented management team at agilon, which includes many accomplished health care industry and health IT veterans,” said Mr. Kuerbitz. “We share a common vision for making healthcare more effective by empowering physicians with the administrative, technology and management resources, which can enable them to focus their energies on improving their patients’ health. This is the heart and soul of what agilon is uniquely positioned to facilitate – the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care – with better economics for all participants in the system.”

Mr. Kuerbitz is a graduate of Albion College and received a J.D. degree from Yale Law School. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

In addition to the appointment of Mr. Kuerbitz, agilon has made significant investments in its leadership architecture across multiple functional areas. The leadership team includes highly experienced professionals from across healthcare and technology with a distinct set of skills to bring to life the integrated payment and delivery model of the future.

 

About agilon health

agilon health partners with physicians to provide high-quality, value-based healthcare. The company, formed in July 2016, operates in major markets across the United States, including Fresno, Hawaii and Southern California, managing care for more than 475,000 patients through a network of more than 9,000 physicians. agilon also is an important partner to payors, other providers and communities. For more information about agilon health, please visit www.agilonhealth.com.

agilon health, a New Healthcare Services and Technology Company, Formed at the Forefront of Value-Based Healthcare

Partnering with Physician-Centric Organizations to Implement Next Generation Value-Based Care Delivery Systems That Improve Care Quality and System-wide Economics

Platform Currently Managing Over 475,000 Patients in Multiple Geographies Expects to Expand Nationally Supporting Medicaid, Medicare and Commercial Populations

Management Team Includes World Class Healthcare Operating Talent

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Long Beach, Calif., October 4, 2016 – agilon health, a healthcare services and technology company aiming to accelerate the conversion to value-based healthcare, announced its formation today. The company brings together established value-based healthcare delivery systems, physician risk enabling infrastructure, and proven operating talent from across healthcare. The combination of these capabilities and a unique partnership-centric approach offers providers on a national basis the opportunity to successfully transition to risk-based business models.

agilon health empowers physicians and other providers with the clinical, technological and administrative capabilities to function effectively in a healthcare system undergoing a structural shift to a compensation model based on outcomes, rather than traditional fee-for-service, and to capture the inherent opportunity in bearing global financial risk associated with improving patient outcomes and lowering system costs. agilon health, through its value-based delivery systems, has a strong track record operating in multiple capitated markets, currently managing more than 475,000 patients through a network of more than 1,500 primary care physicians and 8,000 specialists. agilon health’s partnership solution includes information and support systems, data analytics and sophisticated medical management infrastructure to support physicians across the risk spectrum, from professional capitation to full capitation. Ronald A. Williams, former chairman and chief executive officer of Aetna, is agilon health’s chairman.

“Our mission is to be a great partner with physicians, whose pivotal role in improving care quality and efficiency puts them on the front lines of the transition to value-centric healthcare,” said Mr. Williams. “We have the specialized capabilities and clinical, administrative and technological infrastructure necessary to help providers navigate this transition.”

“We believe our innovative model improves quality, reduces cost, satisfies providers and engages patients, adding up to a system of care that any of us would want for our family and friends, all while transforming the physician economic model,” said Dr. Stuart Levine, Chief Medical and Innovation Officer for agilon health.

“In a very real way, agilon health is helping to revive the joy of practicing medicine by providing physicians with the opportunity to participate in a next generation care delivery system that allows them to focus more on quality of care and less on volume of activity,” said Dr. Manoj Mathew, agilon health’s National Medical Director.

Core to the company’s relationships with physicians are its integrated clinical, administrative and financial solutions, specifically built for the delegated physician risk market. Initially developed in 1996 by Gerry Ibanez, who remains a senior executive at agilon health, the company’s proprietary technology platform currently includes products for Medicare’s STARS program, burden of illness management (HCC), Pay for Performance (P4P), care management and a fully integrated administrative platform that includes claims payment, and is particularly tailored for managing the growing Medicaid, Medicare, Expansion and Duals populations, which agilon health currently serves directly in California and Hawaii.  The technology platform, which is highly portable to new markets, also supports the management of more than 1.3 million patients for numerous well-known third-party providers and health plans across the country.

In California, agilon health has made a significant investment in supporting and enhancing the quality of care delivery in the rapidly growing Medi-Cal market (California’s version of Medicaid). agilon health operates a leading Management Services Organization (MSO) that, along with its affiliated Independent Provider Associations (IPAs), services a patient base of more than 450,000 primarily Medi-Cal members in Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Fresno, and Los Angeles. agilon health’s largest affiliated IPA, Vantage Medical Group (formed in 1993), is the largest independent Medi-Cal IPA in the Inland Empire (Riverside and San Bernardino counties), one of the largest and fastest growing Medicaid communities in the country.

In Hawaii, agilon health is delegated for professional and institutional risk, taking full risk for the management of approximately 24,000 Medicare Advantage patients in exchange for a percentage of the CMS premium. The full risk model developed by agilon health is the first of its kind in the Hawaii market, which has historically been defined by traditional, fragmented and more expensive fee-for-service healthcare. agilon health has been operating in Hawaii since 2003, and, as of today, more than 800 primary care physicians and 2,000 specialists are a part of the agilon health network in Hawaii. agilon health’s unique MSO model relies on its own proprietary clinical and administrative technology applications to support its management of delegated risk.

“I am excited to team up with a strong financial partner like Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) and a growing group of operating talent to accelerate investment in the technology platform and unique physician risk infrastructure we have developed to expand our footprint and help transform care delivery nationally at a critical time in healthcare,” said Mr. Ibanez.

“We are in the process of expanding to other geographies based on agilon health’s unique physician-centric partnership model tailored for local market needs. The growth in risk-based models driven by reimbursement changes, growth in government lives, and growing physician dissatisfaction is creating an opportunity to re-invent local healthcare delivery markets through creative strategic partnerships with providers,” said Mr. Williams.

About agilon health

agilon health serves as a partner to physicians and other providers so that they can be more productive and effective in providing high-quality, value-based care. The company is both a management services organization serving more than 475,000 patients through a network of more than 9,500 physicians and a proprietary technology platform that both supports the management of agilon health’s delegated patients and is also offered to third-party provider organizations and payers. The company’s unique mix of technology-based services and clinical capabilities supports physicians serving a diverse mix of patients across multiple geographies, with differentiated expertise managing underserved Medicaid and Medicare Advantage patients. agilon health is also an important partner to payers, other providers and communities, positively impacting access, quality and cost of care for patients. agilon health was initially formed through the combination of leading MSO and technology businesses in California and Hawaii, facilitated by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), an investment firm. Mr. Williams is an Operating Advisor to CD&R’s funds. www.agilonhealth.com.

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