Wellcentive Becomes First Solely Focused Population Health Management Vendor to Join CommonWell Health Alliance

ATLANTA, GA, December 16, 2014 – Wellcentive, an industry leader in end-to-end population health management (PHM) for healthcare organizations, today announced it is joining CommonWell Health Alliance (the “Alliance”) as a General Member.

CommonWell, a non-profit trade association, is dedicated to the simple vision that health data should be available regardless of where care occurs. Provider access to this data must be built into healthcare technology at a reasonable cost for use by a broad range of organizations and the people they serve. Wellcentive is joining CommonWell as the first solely focused PHM solution provider in support of this critical mission of improving interoperability.

“Each member of CommonWell brings a unique contribution to our team. Wellcentive will provide a fresh perspective on how to improve data flow to meet the PHM needs of healthcare organizations,” said Nick Knowlton, membership chair for CommonWell. “Data liquidity is integral to population health management, and managing populations is increasingly integral to the success of healthcare organizations.”

Wellcentive enables healthcare organizations of all sizes to better manage the health of their populations with the goal of improving care quality while reducing costs. It does this by helping these organizations analyze the data in their systems to identify and close care gaps, increase preventive and wellness care and better manage high-risk patients. By joining the CommonWell Health Alliance,
Wellcentive becomes a valuable member helping to enhance interoperability and participating in the conversation regarding the improvement of patient care.

“Since EHRs are one of the primary sources of data for PHM analytics, the two have always had a symbiotic relationship,” said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive’s CEO. “Improving data interoperability has a direct effect on our ability to deliver faster, more accurate insights that will help advance the delivery of care across the nation. As a leader and early innovator in the PHM space, Wellcentive fully supports the CommonWell mission and feels privileged to help these forward-thinking organizations shape the standards for the future. We view it as an important strategic step toward solving many of the healthcare industry’s most pressing issues.”

Wellcentive joins a diverse group of CommonWell members that have joined together to enable healthcare providers to manage patient identity, support consent management and facilitate better coordination along the broad care continuum. Today, CommonWell members are live with these services at more than 10 provider sites ranging from large acute hospitals to rural specialty practices. More than 20,000 people have enrolled since services launched in January 2014 and dozens of clinicians are leveraging these services daily. Membership is open to healthcare-centric organizations, systems and vendors—all those who share the Alliance’s vision for interoperability.

Wellcentive Recognized by KLAS as an Early Leader in Helping Healthcare Customers Realize Tangible Benefits

Wellcentive is helping customers see real improvements in outcomes, quality measures and care planning

ATLANTA, Ga.—December 16, 2014—Wellcentive has again distinguished itself as an early leader in helping customers see tangible results within the population health space. Among the top tier vendors in KLAS’s latest report, 89 percent of Wellcentive customers reported that they “realized tangible benefits” through the use of the company’s solutions.

In the Dec. 11th report by KLAS titled, “Population Health Performance: Emerging Market, Emerging Value,” customer respondents viewed Wellcentive as a partner who works alongside them to help deliver tangible benefits in improved quality and cost savings well above the competition. “There are incentives attached to all of those quality measures, so we get reimbursed for those too,” said one provider.

“Our customers recognize Wellcentive as more than just a technology play – but as a partner in helping them solve problems and deliver real value,” said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive’s CEO. “We believe that our focus on partnering with our customers and Wellcentive’s top rankings for realizing tangible benefits are directly linked, as substantiated in this report. We are proud to be named as a top performer in delivering clinical outcomes and quality measures.”

In the report, another customer affirmed that, “Wellcentive drives the most value for us.” Adding, “from an administrative, clinical and IT perspective we have not found a tool that exceeds the capability of Wellcentive, nor have we found a tool that has as much functionality.”

“With all the hype, noise and excitement in the industry around PHM, we feel like what matters most is which vendors are delivering real value,” said Zajac.

Wellcentive Named Finalist for 2014 Intel Innovation Award

Population health management solution provider recognized for innovation in the field of healthcare

ATLANTA, Ga.—November 20, 2014Wellcentive, the industry leader in end-to-end population health management (PHM) for healthcare organizations, announced today being named one of the four finalists for the 2014 Intel Innovation Award. Sponsored by Intel, the world leader in computing innovation, the award, in its fourth year, recognizes companies developing leading-edge technology and unique approaches to improving health and healthcare delivery processes.

Wellcentive’s Mason Beard, senior vice president of solutions and company co-founder, and Kirk Elder, chief technology officer, accept the finalist award plaque today at the 2014 Health IT Leadership Summit in Atlanta, Georgia.The Intel Innovation Award was presented to Jvion.

“We are greatly honored that such an innovative technology leader as Intel has recognized the unique value our solutions bring to the healthcare industry,” said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive’s CEO. “From the outset, we have focused on pragmatic solutions that meet healthcare organizations’ needs to improve patient care. At the same time, we work constantly to anticipate upcoming industry trends. Because of that vision, we’ve been able to deliver sophisticated technology and insight that help organizations focus on both the health and wellness of their population and manage the complexities of the healthcare environment.”

In October, a team of healthcare technology professionals selected Wellcentive as one of four finalists for the Intel Innovation Award. After a detailed evaluation of the companies’ offerings based on factors such as strength and selection of benefits, current and future impact, effect on workflow and implications for quality improvement, Wellcentive was named a finalist.

The strength of Wellcentive’s solutions for population health management has been recognized extensively in the last year by prominent industry analysts such as IDC Health Insights, KLAS and Chilmark Research. Wellcentive empowers health systems, providers, payers, employers and other organizations to drive improved outcomes by aggregating data across the continuum of care, applying analytics to identify and risk-stratify patients, and delivering action-based workflow to manage the health of populations.

Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange and University of Texas Health Science Center Select Wellcentive to Manage Health and Cost of Medicaid and Uninsured Populations

Population health management solution to support regional care coordination and reduce costs

ATLANTA, Georgia—November 18, 2014—Rio Grande Valley Health Information Exchange (RGV HIE), in partnership with University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health campus in Brownsville, has selected Wellcentive’s suite of population health management solutions and services. Wellcentive will empower providers in a four-county area to partner with hospitals and clinics in the region to better manage the health of their Medicaid and uninsured patient populations, initially focusing on the care of patients with diabetes.

The project covers Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties. RGV HIE additionally serves patients in Jim Hogg, Webb, and Zapata counties. The project area has one of the highest rates of Type II diabetes in the U.S. — approximately 30 percent of its adult population suffers from the disease, and another 30 percent have prediabetes.

Under the direction of UTHealth, RGV HIE will implement the Wellcentive solution to establish a diabetes registry and deliver population health management tools to physician practices to identify and track co-morbidities, engage at-risk patients and reduce medical costs. The Texas region has a large Medicaid population and the highest uninsured rate in the state; both groups tend to have higher-than-
average incidences of diabetes and emergency room usage, making a diabetes registry and a population health management solution vital to controlling costs and improving clinical outcomes.

“Wellcentive’s solution will help physician practices deliver coordinated, targeted care to their diabetic patients. It will also allow us to track whether we are managing patients successfully—from the individual to the community level,” said Andrew Lombardo, executive director of RGV HIE. “This breadth of functionality was a key factor in our choice of Wellcentive. Physicians will have dashboards that help them prioritize and coordinate patient care, including alerts for patients who have not received recommended care. UTHealth and our HIE will have the analytics and workflow tools we need to refine the program and identify problem areas that require more focus and resources.”

RGV HIE’s Wellcentive solution will initially incorporate data from major health systems in Cameron and Hidalgo counties and will then expand to include health information from federally qualified health systems and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

“With population health management tools to standardize best practices, prioritize care management efforts and close gaps in care, physician practices in the Rio Grande Valley will be able to continuously improve clinical and financial outcomes,” said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive CEO. “We are proud to partner with RGV HIE and UTHealth in this important public health initiative.”

The UTHealth and RGV HIE diabetes initiative is a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) project to demonstrate innovation in care delivery to Medicaid beneficiaries. Texas is one of several states piloting these Section 1115 Research & Demonstration Projects to improve Medicaid management and reward providers for improving the cost and quality of care.

“The relative poverty of our region, combined with the high incidence of diabetes and other chronic conditions, creates an enormous social and economic burden,” said Joseph McCormick, M.D., regional dean of the School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus, and director of this initiative. “We must take measures to relieve this burden. The Wellcentive population health management solution is foundational for helping us achieve our mission—starting with our diabetes population and then expanding to other conditions like heart disease, obesity and chronic liver disease.”

“Moreover, we are persuaded that this tool will help individual providers to spend more time talking to their patients by providing them with the key, timely information that they need, in a very efficient and usable format, with less time looking at computer screens and more time talking and counseling patients,” added Dr. McCormick. “Wellcentive will also provide tools for patients and other members of
the health team to provide better disease management.”

Wellcentive Establishes Inaugural Medical Scholarship for Veterans

Active or retired military veteran students can apply by March 15, 2015

ATLANTA, Ga.—October 11, 2014Wellcentive, the industry leader in end-to-end population health management (PHM) for healthcare organizations, proudly announced today the debut of its first Medical Scholarship for Veterans. This scholarship, which supports future healthcare professionals, will be awarded to one student intending to pursue a career in medicine.

“Inspired by our co-founder Mason Beard, who is a former United States Marine, Wellcentive proudly supports our armed forces who valiantly serve and protect our interests and citizens around the world, and especially those who wish to contribute to the field of medicine,” said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive’s CEO. “We are awarding $1,000 to one passionate veteran pursuing a doctor of medicine degree in 2015.”

To qualify for the Medical Scholarship for Veterans, active or retired military members representing the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy or Marines must currently be enrolled or accepted at an accredited U.S. medical college or university in the coming academic year. Qualified candidates can apply by March 15, 2015. Wellcentive will announce the first scholarship winner on March 31, 2015.

The Medical Scholarship for Veterans online application and instructions can be found at http://www.wellcentive.com/medical-scholarship-for-veterans/

About Wellcentive
Built from the ground up to help customers improve clinical, financial and human outcomes, Wellcentive’s population health management technology is cloud-based, scalable, and customized to meet the needs of providers, health organizations and payers. Wellcentive’s technology, insight and services help care teams measure and report performance and implement actionable workflow to drive value-based reimbursement and the transition from volume to value. Wellcentive has gained recognition as a leader in population health management in reports recently released by IDC Health, KLAS and Chilmark. Wellcentive aggregates data from more than 3,000 interfaces, and its solutions improve outcomes for over 30 million lives. Visit www.wellcentive.com; follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook; or call 877-213-8456 to learn more.

Wellcentive Co-founder Presents Aligning Reimbursement with Population Health Goals at Health Insights Fall 2014 Conference

WHAT:
On Friday, October 10, at the Health Insights Fall 2014 Conference–a gathering of C-suite executives from many of the nation’s major health systems and the companies that support the industry–Wellcentive Co-founder and Senior Vice President of Solutions Mason Beard will discuss the realities of implementing value-based reimbursement in a session titled “Aligning Executive, Physician and Staff Compensation with Population Health Goals.”

Beard, along with David Bjork, senior vice president and senior advisor, and William F. Jessee, M.D., FACMPE, chief medical officer and senior advisor — both of INTEGRATED Healthcare Strategies — will address questions such as:
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United Physicians Expands Rollout of Wellcentive Solutions to Drive Success in Incentive-Based Quality Programs

Population health management solution is physician organization’s strategic foundation for improving care and managing risk

ATLANTA, GA — United Physicians, Inc., one of the largest independent physician organizations in Michigan, today announced the expansion of its partnership with Wellcentive to empower its physicians to successfully participate in quality programs and risk-based contracts. Under the new agreement, United Physicians will roll out Wellcentive’s suite of solutions and services across its full population of patients. The organization will also add Wellcentive’s solution for risk management to its existing Wellcentive platform and enlist the company’s services for managing data quality.

United Physicians is expanding its rollout of Wellcentive’s population health management solution as the linchpin in its long-term strategic plan for managing risk across the care continuum. The IPO currently participates in several incentive programs with contracted health plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Physician Group Incentive Program (PGIP). To unify its quality improvement activities, the organization has identified 65 quality measures on which to focus. Wellcentive’s solution will enable individual physicians to improve their performance on these measures, and allow the overall organization to track and manage quality programs.

“One of our priorities as an organization is to prepare our member practices for the future and help position them to take advantage of performance programs,” said John Vismara, United Physicians’ senior vice president of Information Services. “This is more critical now than ever, because we expect that a significant percentage of our population will be covered under risk-based contracts in the next two years. For our organization to thrive and prosper, we have to prepare our practices for that today. Wellcentive is the solution that will enable us to succeed in programs with both upside and downside risk.”
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Beaumont Medical Group Implements Full-Service Wellcentive Solution for PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option

Enterprise solution will deliver year-round consulting, analytics and support for the new value-based payment modifier system

ATLANTA, Georgia — Wellcentive, the pioneer and leader in pay-for-performance and quality reporting for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), announced today that Beaumont Medical Group (BMG) has implemented its PQRS Enterprise Solution for improving clinical and financial outcomes. The solution will enable the medical group to satisfy the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ group practice reporting option (GPRO) and earn positive payment adjustments under CMS’ value-based payment program.

The Beaumont Medical Group, consisting of employed physicians of Beaumont Health System, is based in Royal Oak, Michigan, with more than 553 primary care physicians, specialists and hospitalists. BMG will use the Wellcentive solution not only to automate reporting but also to proactively track performance on quality measures throughout the year. In addition, a dedicated Wellcentive PQRS consultant will help the medical group navigate recent PQRS program changes and ensure the success of its quality program year round.

“By adopting an enterprise, full-service approach to PQRS reporting, Beaumont is preparing itself well for the future of federally-mandated outcomes reporting,” said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive’s CEO. “The government is ramping up its value-based reimbursement efforts, and providers can no longer afford to limit themselves to barebones quality reporting. Success will require a proactive approach to analyzing data, defining the best opportunities for improving both quality and revenue and tracking outcomes. This is exactly the model Beaumont is implementing and will be the standard for any large medical group.”
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Wellcentive to Demo Advanced Population Health Management Technology at Health 2.0 Fall Conference

WHAT:
On Tuesday, September 23, at the Health 2.0 8th Fall Conference, the eighth annual event that promotes, showcases and catalyzes new technologies in the health care industry, Wellcentive will demonstrate its population health management (PHM) solution in a session titled “Big Data Analytics for Population Health.” The session features technology demos from Wellcentive and other providers of platform solutions for improving population health outcomes.

Gabe Orthous, a PHM and healthcare analytics expert and Senior Solutions Consultant to Wellcentive, will demonstrate the company’s primary functions for aggregating and normalizing data from multiple clinical and administrative systems and turning that into actionable information for proactive care management. Specifically, he will present:

  • Population health management dashboarding and visual intelligence solution
  • Longitudinal patient record and care management workflows
  • Robust stratification of high-risk patient populations that require care management continuity

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Wellcentive Named a “Standout” Vendor in Both Product and Market Ratings in Chilmark Research’s Population Health Management Analysis

Wellcentive recognized for flexible, all-in-one solution and strong market vision

ATLANTA, Georgia – Wellcentive, the industry leader in end-to-end population health management (PHM) for healthcare organizations, is one of only two vendors cited as a “standout” in both product and market categories in Chilmark Research’s 2014 Analytics for Population Health Management Market Trends Report. This report marks the fourth time in the past year that an independent analyst assessment has recognized the strength of Wellcentive’s solution for population health management (PHM).

The report assessed 19 vendors along two categories: product capabilities and ability to execute in the market. Wellcentive’s high rating in the product category defined strength in aggregating data, delivering population insights, and enabling providers to act on these insights through PHM workflow and patient engagement tools. The company’s high rating in the market category reflects its ability to align its market vision with market needs.

“We are extremely honored, and pleased that the strength of our solution and our insight into the market has been recognized by another top analyst firm,” said Tom Zajac, Wellcentive’s CEO. “Health reform, incentive-based quality programs and rising rates of chronic care conditions are creating a pressing demand for population health management solutions today. Many vendors are flocking to this need, but our nine years of PHM experience and continued focus on innovation and insight drives our ability to deliver value to our customers, helping healthcare organizations improve the health, quality and cost of care for their patients.”
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