Aledade, Primaris to Create New Primary Care Physician-Led ACO

Partnership will use technology to improve patient health care, lower costs
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri doctors will soon have a new local partner to help keep their patients healthy. Missouri-based Primaris has partnered with Maryland-based Aledade, Inc. to form a new primary care physician-led Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Aledade and Primaris will work with physicians across Missouri to build a Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO. Together, the organizations will help independent doctors create and manage ACOs – networks of physicians who band together to deliver coordinated care to patients. ACOs operate under a payment structure that rewards positive health outcomes for patients, instead of volume of services delivered.

“Family physicians have a unique connection with their patients,” said Dr. Farzad Mostashari, CEO and co-founder of Aledade. “They are best positioned to lead the transformation towards value-based health care, and our ACO will empower them to do so. And just like these doctors have a special relationship with their patients, Primaris has a special relationship with Missouri doctors after more than 30 years in the state. We’re excited to work with this team, and know this partnership – and the ACO – will benefit Missouri’s independent doctors and their patients.”

Primaris will provide in-person support for physicians throughout the entire setup and operation of the new organization. Primaris will help practices implement and enhance wellness services and care coordination, including after-hours services, specialists, and long-term care coordination.

“Aledade’s partnership with Primaris will help providers navigate the shifting health care landscape by providing the resources needed to provide better patient care in the new value-based health care economy,” said Richard A. Royer, Chief Executive Officer of Primaris. “We look forward to working with them.”

Aledade ACOs focus on delivering the highest-quality care to patients, with an emphasis on preventative care, high-value referral networks, customized technology, and unmatched analysis of patient claims and electronic health record (EHR) data to identify patients who need help before serious medical problems arise.

“We’re excited to begin offering physicians the tools they need to deliver the highest quality personalized care to Missouri residents – and between Primaris and Aledade, we are bringing together a wealth of regulatory and technological expertise with an unmatched knowledge of Missouri’s health care landscape,” said Michael Aldridge, Executive Director of Aledade’s Missouri ACO.

Since its founding in June 2014, Aledade has partnered with more than 110 practices across 11 states, and covers approximately 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Over the past year, Aledade ACO practices have increased preventative care visits by 400 percent and vaccination rates by 250 percent.

About Aledade
Founded in 2014, Aledade is a new company with an old-fashioned goal: putting doctors back in control of health care. Aledade partners with independent, primary care physicians to provide everything the doctors need to create and run an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) – from business and practice transformation services to upfront capital and cutting-edge technology. The company is led by CEO and co-founder Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has already established successful organizations in New York, Delaware, Maryland, and Arkansas.

Aledade employs a team of health policy, regulatory, data and practice transformation experts to implement customized solutions and continuous, on-the-ground support to help doctors in all types of communities across America preserve their autonomy, deliver better care to their patients, reduce overall costs, and keep independent physician practices flourishing. For more, visit:

About Primaris
Primaris is a healthcare consulting firm that works with hospitals, physicians and nursing homes to drive better health outcomes, improved patient experiences and reduced costs. For more information, visit and follow @primaris_health.


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