GOLDEN VALLEY HEALTH CENTERS LAUNCHES SEQUOIA HEALTH, A NEW POPULATION HEALTH JOINT VENTURE, TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE CARE TO CENTRAL VALLEY UNDERSERVED PATIENTS
Transformative Joint Venture with agilon health enables Golden Valley Health Centers To Focus on Prevention and Highly Coordinated Clinical Care and Access New Payment Model
Merced, CA (November 1, 2017) – Golden Valley Health Centers (GVHC), one of central California’s largest non-profit network of community health centers that provide care for thousands of underserved patients, has partnered with agilon health of Long Beach, California, to launch Sequoia Health, a new entity that will allow GVHC and other high-quality providers to offer a provider-led, value-based, population health program that improves access and quality care for the patients they serve.
Serving more than 150,000 patients through its network of 29 clinics, GVHC is one of the largest medical providers to Medi-Cal patients in the Central Valley. GVHC will continue to operate as it always has and the brand will not change. Sequoia Health will enable GVHC and other providers to participate in a population health program by providing contracting, data collection and management, care coordination, clinical programs and administrative services.
The nation’s health care system continues to transition from the fee-for-service model that rewards the volume of services a provider delivers, to a more value-based approach. Organizations like Sequoia Health, which offer risk-bearing population health programs that provide efficient coordinated clinical care and expanded access to high-quality care for vulnerable populations, allow providers like GVHC to stay ahead of the curve.
“Sequoia Health is a unique partnership with agilon health that will create a new footprint in how we expand and serve our patients,” said Tony Weber, Chief Executive Officer of GVHC, which is headquartered in Merced. “This new model puts the patient at the center of our clinical care model, with our dedicated care teams working side-by-side to ensure that each patient gets the appropriate care at the right place at the right time. This is an exciting new model for GVHC because it allows us to direct locally the dollars that are spent on the right care to meet the needs of our community. Moreover, it will allow us to recruit additional high performing providers and add more resources to improve access to high-quality care. “
GVHC’s partner in Sequoia Health is agilon health, a Long Beach, California-based company that serves nearly 500,000 Medi-Cal members, is investing capital and bringing resources in technology-enabled clinical, operational and administrative expertise that help independent organizations like GHVC to transition into value-based health care. “In Golden Valley Health Centers, we found a like-minded partner which has a rich history of providing great medical, behavioral, and dental care to the underserved,” said Manoj Mathew, MD, agilon health’s Market President for California. “GVHC is an ideal partner to embrace a transformative payment model which puts overall control for patient care back into the hands of physicians and care teams. Patients will benefit greatly with a focus on prevention and highly coordinated clinical care.”
The concept of highly coordinated care is effectuated through efficient processes, systems, and data that enables intense collaboration between doctors, nurses, assistants and other allied health care team members such as social services and specialists among others. In a population health model, preventive care is the flagship focus.
“This new partnership will allow Golden Valley Health Centers to expand existing efforts to provide high-quality cost-effective care to our patients. Through increased focus on clinical metrics such as childhood immunizations, age-appropriate well-child visits, preventative care screenings for breast and colon cancer as well as improved focus on the care of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, Sequoia Health will improve not just the care of our individual patients but of the entire community” said Ellen Piernot MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer for Golden Valley Health Centers.
“Through GVHC’s participation in Sequoia Health, our team is responsible both financially and clinically for the health of each patient. Sequoia Health will partner with us to develop local programs to ensure higher quality health care, including programs that prevent people from needing emergency room care and help them remain independent in their homes. We value the trust our partners have shown in our ability to improve the health status of our communities,” added Weber.
In its launch, Sequoia Health has contracted with Health Net, a large California health plan that provides and administers health benefits to many Medi-Cal enrollees, as its first partner in this new model.
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