PBACO Member Meeting Features National ACO Expert
(l - r) Roni Christopher, Health Partners Consulting; Dr. Rohit Dandiya, PBACO board member; and Kelly Conroy, PBACO executive director.
Nearly 100 physician members of the Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization gathered recently at the Marriott Delray Beach to discuss best practices and hear insights from ACO veteran Roni Christopher. As the executive director for Healthcare Transformation at Health Partners Consulting, Christopher is nationally recognized for her efforts in assisting providers and organizations adjust to today’s significant transformations in health care delivery. She also served as executive director for post-acute services at Mercy Health Partners, one of the nation’s largest ACOs.
“I was impressed with the innovative thinking and significant progress PBACO has made,” she said. “As an ACO completely driven and managed by physicians, they truly are focused on providing high quality, value-based health care to their patients.”
PBACO members also spent time during the meeting discussing a number of topics related to the organization’s mission to change and improve the delivery of health care. Roundtable discussions included reviewing quality measures, exchanging ideas about coordination of care, discussing how to encourage patients to schedule wellness visits, and reviewing ideas for increasing patient satisfaction.
“The exchange of ideas was electric,” said PBACO Executive Director Kelly Conroy. “Our physicians are clearly committed to being at the forefront of providing the right care to the right patient at the right time. They are passionate about creating positive experiences for their patients and providing high quality care.”
(l to r) Derek Pauley, Memorial Hospital; Mike Segal, Broad and Cassel; Dr. Leonard Sukienik, PBACO board members; and Jamie Wike, Access to Care.
PBACO’s Board Chair Dr. Lenny Sukienik added that camaraderie and collaboration between the ACO physicians already has led to measurable improvements in patient care. “We’re making simple changes that are making big differences,” he said. “We are following our patients more closely, talking to each other about the care of our patients, and making the overall health care experience better for everyone. As a result, we’ll be helping to save Medicare for all of us.”
Among the attendees were Tenna Wiles, the CEO of the Palm Beach County Medical Society, and Mike Segal, a health law attorney and partner with the statewide law firm Broad and Cassel, who speaks nationally about ACOs and clinically integrated organizations.
According to PBACO Executive Director Kelly Conroy, the ACO already has recognized millions of dollars in savings by implementing these and other practices. “We continue to see huge opportunities for improving care and reducing costs,” she said.
Sponsors for the event included: Hospice of Palm Beach County, Pfizer, HEASM- Healthcare Expense & Services Management, Astellas, LabCorp, Comforts of Home, All For One, Palm Beach Radiology, Center for Bone and Joint Surgery/Comprehensive Pain Care, On-Site Wound Consultants, South Florida Radiation Oncology, and CardioDx.