In the space of less than a month, a health care technology company called Aledade has announced new alliances with two health insurers and expanded an existing partnership with another. Those insurers — CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Humana Inc. and Cigna Healthcare — say their goal in working with the company is two-fold: (1) to help physician practices remain independent rather than opting for corporate ownership, and (2) to hasten the move from fee-for-service to value-based payment models.
Aledade says it has a “proven, scalable model” aimed at bolstering independent primary care practices. That model includes data analytics, guided workflows, health care policy expertise and “integrated care solutions.” The company says it currently participates in risk-based arrangements with more than 1,500 practices in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Aledade’s CEO, Farzad Mostashari, M.D., is the former national coordinator for health information technology at HHS during the Obama administration.