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agilon health Quality Improvement Team Recognized for Excellence In Preventive Care Work

The coming of Fall and the change in seasons makes me think about the signs of change and progress throughout agilon health. Collaboration across markets abounds. And the fruits of that collaboration are remarkable. This summer, we have added a new office in Anaheim to accommodate growth, signed over 150 provider contracts in Ohio to build a network from scratch, finalized the work to implement the new CORE system in Hawaii and California, prepared to enter into another new partnership, instituted new processes to improve our risk adjustment and quality performance programs, launched new care improvement programs in all markets and are welcoming new colleagues in all of our regions. And those are but a small sample of the accomplishments we can be proud of. Whether you are part of the team in California, Hawaii or Ohio, our goals and aspirations are largely the same. We all support our partnerships with primary care physicians to ensure their long-term success. Together, as one organization, we are re-imagining quality, efficiency and patient experience by providing the people, solutions, capital and technology so that physicians can focus on the joy of practicing medicine.

An example of this commitment I’d like to share with you is the recruitment of eight dedicated quality-improvement professionals serving our patients in California.

Under the leadership of Dr. Khaliq Siddiq, California Medical Director, Adina Guthrie and her team are working diligently to support both physicians and patients in reducing gaps in preventative care in the nearly 450,000 Medi-Cal members we serve in the Inland Empire, San Diego and Fresno.

I believe their initial success of closing over 76,000 gaps in care for Vantage members in 2016 speaks volumes to their commitment as well as the likelihood of achieving their lofty goals for 2017.

By year’s end, Dr. Siddiq and Adina have challenged the Quality Improvement team with closing over 115,000 gaps in preventative care for Vantage members, which represents a 50% increase over the success of 2016. Appreciating the magnitude of the task, the team has implemented a full complement of tactics, including:

• Establishment of clear and measurable goals
• Cross-departmental collaboration with Provider Relations, MDX Technology, and Corporate Communications
• Physician incentive plan
• Physician recognition plan; Excellence in Preventative Care awards are provided to physicians who excel in closing gaps in care
• Data reporting, monitoring and transparency with physicians
• Implementation of agilon health’s proprietary technology to monitor gaps in care
• Member outreach and incentive plan
• Media campaign

The new Quality Improvement team in California is just one example of the investments agilon health is making across the organization to secure our future. Investing in quality not only fulfills the commitments to our physician customers and health plan partners, but also positions agilon health to enhance member growth, available resources and reputational benefits in the community.

I look forward to sharing additional bright spots with you from across the organization. I hope you find them valuable in thinking through the opportunities we have in all of our markets to support our primary care physician partners in improving the health and well-being of our members.

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.

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