Two Leading Arizona Clinically Integrated Organizations Announce Landmark Alignment Aimed at Quality Improvement, Cost Management, Care Delivery
Phoenix, Ariz. – Phoenix Children’s Care Network (PCCN), the state’s only pediatric-focused clinically integrated organization, has affiliated with Arizona Care Network (ACN), a clinically integrated accountable care organization led by physicians and supported by Dignity Health Arizona and Abrazo Health, to strengthen each network’s ability to serve the health care needs of patients of all ages.
Clinically integrated organizations like ACN and PCCN promote the use of consistent standards for care delivery, quality tracking and reporting, information sharing and physician collaboration. The benefit to patients and families is the ability to choose a doctor from a network of expert providers who are committed to high quality coordinated care that can lead to improved patient outcomes at a lower cost.
The addition of PCCN’s 506 general pediatricians and pediatric specialists to Arizona Care Network expands the total number of physicians within ACN to more than 2,000 and significantly extends the pediatric services available through the network. Under the terms of the agreement, PCCN becomes ACN’s exclusive partner for pediatric services, creating a seamless system of shared quality measures that will define care for children.
“By aligning with Arizona Care Network, Phoenix Children’s Care Network confirms its commitment to improve the quality and efficiency of pediatric care in Arizona, and ensures its availability through an even broader network of primary care providers, hospitals and hospital systems,” says Anne Garrett, MD, chair of PCCN. “It’s up to us, the physicians, to ensure we continue to improve the quality of care for all of our patients and this collaboration provides the pathway to help us achieve that goal.”
The alignment promotes a shared commitment to pediatric patient-focused care, quality measurement and targeted health improvements – goals that pave the way for both networks to continue transitioning to a value-based care delivery model. Value-based care models reward physicians, hospitals and other participating care providers that deliver coordinated, high quality, cost-effective care.
"Arizona Care Network is focused on building a network of like-minded physicians and care providers that all share a philosophy around putting the needs of patients first,” says Mark Stephan, MD, a family medicine physician and Medical Director for Quality and Utilization for ACN. “The agreement with PCCN significantly expands the pediatric care choices available through ACN while providing access to a network of physicians that have the same dedication to delivering high-quality care and improving the patient experience.”
About Phoenix Children’s Care Network
Phoenix Children’s Care Network is a physician-led, pediatric-focused clinically integrated organization that represents a valuable alliance between and among community pediatricians and subspecialists, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital, whose collective focus is improving quality of care while effectively managing associated costs. This model places the responsibility for providing the very best pediatric care in the hands of Arizona’s best pediatric providers and situates the network competitively in the ever-changing health care marketplace. With more than 500 physician members, Phoenix Children’s Care Network is the largest pediatric-dedicated clinically integrated organization in Arizona and one of a select few networks of its kind in the U.S. For access to the very best pediatric care, make sure PCCN physicians are in your health insurance network. For more information, visit www.pccn.org.
About Arizona Care Network
Arizona Care Network is a physician-led, physician-governed accountable care organization and clinically integrated network that fosters collaboration and improved quality through shared resources, advanced technology and clinical best practices that align with emerging models of care delivery. This collaborative network aims to reduce costs, improve outcomes and provide a superior patient experience. Composed of more than 2,000 physicians, nine acute care hospitals as well as more than half of all recognized Patient Centered Medical Home models in Arizona, Arizona Care Network is helping shape the future of health care through its progressive models of care delivery. Arizona Care Network was formed through collaboration between Dignity Health and Abrazo Health, two market-leading organizations that have established relationships with strategic partners and premier health care providers throughout the state. For more information, see www.azcarenetwork.org.