Chicago's First Physician-led ACO Selects Imperium Health as Management Partner

Jan 30, 2013, 13:30 ET from Imperium Health Management

CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent Physicians' ACO of Chicago, LLC (IPACO), Cook County's first physician-led accountable care organization, has selected Imperium Health Management, of Louisville, KY as its exclusive ACO management partner to help achieve IPACO's vision of becoming a national leader in transforming healthcare and achieving the three-part aim of lower healthcare costs, improved quality, and improved population health.

Led by CEO John Venetos, MD, IPACO is comprised of 130 independent physicians, and was recently approved by the Center for Medicare Services to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, effective January 1, 2013. An additional 50 physicians have contacted IPACO and expressed interest in joining.

"It is time for independent physicians to unite and take the lead in the movement towards accountable care. This is a mission for which we are truly passionate," Dr. Venetos said.

"This unique model of independence will ultimately enable us to negotiate various ACO-type contracts with commercial payers, thus allowing the best performing hospitals to earn market share, and thereby resulting in higher quality care for our patients."

Venetos added, "We have vetted virtually every niche solution in the market and Imperium's experience, expertise and capabilities are unmatched in helping us achieve our objectives of optimal costs, superior quality, improved health, enhanced patient satisfaction, and full physician engagement, while remaining 100% payer neutral and having the ability to work with all hospitals."

Imperium Health Management's mission is to provide focused solutions that enable Physician-led Accountable Care delivery, including organization, implementation, care coordination and patient support to optimize medical cost and outcomes. Imperium is the first fully comprehensive ACO management company, integrating all required clinical personnel, technology, care coordination processes, evidence-based medical protocols, analytics, and reporting.

Independent Physicians' ACO of Chicago is the most recent addition to the growing list of Imperium-managed, physician-led ACOs.

Gary Albers 

SOURCE Imperium Health Management