Medicare ACO

ACO Name and Location

Health Connect Partners
800 Fifth Ave. Suite 1200
Seattle, WA, USA 98104

ACO Primary Contact

Carolyn Schauble
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206-628-2570

Organizational Information:

ACO Participants

  • Providence Health & Services - Washington
  • Providence Health & Services - Montana
  • Swedish Health Services
  • Swedish Edmonds
  • Columbia Medical Group
  • Pacific Medical Centers
  • St. Joseph Heritage Health

ACO Participants in Joint Ventures between ACO Professionals and Hospitals:

No participants are involved in a joint venture between ACO professionals and hospitals.

ACO Governing Body

  • Laura Butcher, Voting Member and Chair, Chief Executive Officer Health Connect Partners, LLC (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Washington)
  • Dr. Rick Ludwig, Voting Member, Chief Medical Officer Health Connect Partners, LLC (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Washington)
  • Dr. Jon Younger, Voting Member, VP MD Primary Care Physician Services (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Washington )
  • Dr. Meena Mital, Voting Member, Medical Director of Patient-Centered Medical Home Swedish Medical Group (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services – Washington)
  • Dr. James Martin, Voting Member, Medical Director and Associate CMO, Swedish Health Services (ACO Participant, Swedish)
  • Dr. Thomas Yetman, Voting Member, Chief Executive Providence Physician Group (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Washington)
  • Dr. Rik Emaus, Voting Member, Chief Executive Providence Physician Group (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Washington)
  • Dr. Harold Johnston, Voting Member, Chief Executive Providence Medical Group Alaska, Providence Medical Group Alaska (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Alaska)
  • Dr. Adam Smith, Voting Member, Chief of Staff and Family Practice Physician, Providence St. Joseph Medical Clinic (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Montana)
  • Kelly Stanford, Voting Member, Vice President of Clinical Operations and Market Integration for Group Health Cooperative and President of CareUnity (ACO Participant, Columbia Medical Group)
  • Dr. Kirk Rowbotham, Voting member, Chief Medical Officer Physician Management Group Spokane (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Washington)
  • Dr. Timothy Davidson, Voting Member, Chief Executive Physician (ACO Participant, Providence Health & Services - Washington)
  • Dr. James Martin, Voting Member, Medical Director and Associate CMO, Swedish Health Services (ACO Participant, Swedish)
  • Scott Combs, Voting Member, Chief Financial Officer Pacific Medical Centers (ACO Participant, Pacific Medical Center)
  • Christy Mokrohisky, Voting Member, VP Population Health Management St. Joseph Heritage Health (ACO Participant, St Joseph Heritage Health)
  • Dr. Terry R. Rogers, Voting Member, Medicare beneficiary representative, CEO for the Foundation for Health Care Quality (Medicare beneficiary representative)
  • Craig Enge, Non-Voting Member, Chief Operating Officer Accountable Care Services

Key ACO Clinical and Administrative Leadership:

  • Executive Officer: Laura Butcher
  • Operations Officer: Carolyn Schauble
  • Medical Officer: Dr. Rick Ludwig
  • Finance Officer: Kathryn Rains-McNally
  • Communications Officer: Elizabeth Brophy
  • Compliance Officer: Smitha Dante

Associated Committees and Committee Leaderships:

  • Model of Care Committee: Rick Ludwig, MD Chair
  • Operations, Analytics & Compliance Committee: Laura Butcher, Chair
  • Governing Body Compliance Committee: Smitha Dante, Chair 

Types of ACO Participants or Combination of Participants that formed the ACO:

  • ACO professionals in a group practice arrangement
  • Partnerships or joint venture arrangements between hospitals and ACO professionals
  • Hospital employing ACO professionals

Shared Savings and Losses

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • Agreement period beginning 2014; Performance Year 2014: $0
  • Agreement period beginning 2014; Performance Year 2015: $0

Shared losses are designated with a minus sign (-) in front of the dollar amount and red font.

Shared Savings Distribution

Agreement period beginning 2014; Performance Year 2014, 2015

  • Proportion invested in infrastructure: 0%
  • Proportion invested in redesigned care process/resources: 0%
  • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants: 100%

Payment Rule Waivers

  • No, our ACO does not utilize the SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver.

Quality Performance Results