AHP and St. Joseph’s Health Partner to Form Concordia Healthcare

AHP and St. Joseph’s Health Partner to Form Concordia Healthcare

January 23rd, 2019 | Network NewsNews

Following more than 18 months of development work, leaders of St. Joseph’s Health in Syracuse, N.Y., and Accountable Health Partners today announced formation of a new organization to work with health systems across the state.

Concordia Healthcare Network LLC is a super-clinically integrated network (CIN) created to help other health systems, hospitals and provider groups transition to value-based care, an increasingly common payment approach that requires systems to comprehensively monitor and manage the overall health of their population in addition to billing for services.

Concordia is jointly operated by Accountable Health Partners and St. Joseph’s Health, a regional non-profit health care system based in Syracuse that offers primary, specialty and home care, a Magnet-recognized hospital, and collaboration with community partners.

The formation of Concordia does not change the structure of either network or its services to providers. Instead, it will serve as a “super CIN” that shares collective expertise and resources with health systems in other parts of Upstate New York—helping all members to increase patient access to services and improve the quality of clinical care, while keeping costs as affordable as possible.

“We believe the whole of Concordia Healthcare Network will be greater than the sum of its parts,” said Robert M. McCann, M.D., chair of the 10-member Concordia Healthcare Network board and CEO of AHP. “The Concordia name will not be widely known to patients, but they will see benefits from their local health systems through expanded access to providers, improved preventive care, better clinical integration and more affordable health-plan options.”

Three health systems have already committed to participation in Concordia—Family Health Network of Central New York, a federally funded community health center serving residents of Cortland and contiguous counties; the Lourdes hospital system serving Binghamton and the Southern Tier; and Innovative Health Alliance of New York (IHANY), serving Albany and the Capital Region.