TMA PracticeEdge, LLC, has service agreements with Houston Regional Accountable Care Organization, LLC, and Alliance ACO, LLC, in rural, south-central Texas. TMA PracticeEdge anticipates these physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) will initially represent 50-plus physicians providing care and managing the population health for more than 12,000 patients.
TMA PracticeEdge is a new services company developed by TMA to bring physicians the technology and expertise they need to take advantage of new health care payment models. TMA PracticeEdge will provide Texas physicians real options to design their own future. Working with strategic partners, TMA PracticeEdge offers physicians a unique toolkit of ACO services backed by the trusted TMA brand.
"We commend the physicians of Houston Regional and Alliance ACOs for partnering with TMA PracticeEdge to grow and strengthen physician-driven health care in their communities,” said Lou Goodman, PhD, chief executive officer of TMA PracticeEdge. Texas is an emerging national leader in the expansion of value-based care models, he said, and physician-led ACOs, taking the initiative, can use the tools offered by TMA PracticeEdge to grow and remain independent.
"We have been exploring our options for the transition to value-based care models," said Charles Stiernberg, MD, chief operating officer of Hillcroft Medical Clinic Association, the Sugar Land-based medical practice that is launching Houston Regional ACO. "TMA PracticeEdge is a great fit for our organization," he added, stating the company has the expertise and resources to launch an ACO and support the transition to risk-bearing, value-based care contracts.
Strengthening rural Texas communities with physician-led health care is an important goal of TMA PracticeEdge. By deploying its resources to help Alliance ACO form a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO for January 2016, TMA PracticeEdge demonstrates its commitment to rural-based, physician-led health care in Texas.
Jorge Duchicela, MD, is a family physician in Weimar and a member of the Alliance ACO Board. "TMA PracticeEdge brings our organization valuable expertise and resources for educating and recruiting additional like-minded physicians to this opportunity," Dr. Duchicela said. "It is great to have a trusted partner as we enter into a new business model in which we don't have direct experience."
Physicians and office managers who are interested in learning more about TMA PracticeEdge should visit www.TMAPracticeEdge.com, email info[at]tmapracticeedge[dot]com, or call (888) 900-0334.
Action, May 1, 2015