Mission Health Partners’ network grows exponentially

Adding 550 specialists to the existing pool of 275 primary care physicians already in the Accountable Care Organization attached to Mission Hospital triples the care providers in the network.

The idea behind the network is to offer doctors the opportunity to coordinate care for patients they share with other doctors. To join the ACO network doctors trade some of their autonomy by following the guidelines of the network, for access to the shared data on patients.

Full press release from Mission Health Partners:

Mission Health Partners (MHP), the second largest Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in North Carolina, is pleased to announce  its new primary care partners for 2016 and the addition of specialists to itsnetwork.  Over 550 specialists now join 275 primary care colleagues in their effort to improve quality, care coordination and clinical outcomes for the patient population of western North Carolina.

“The physicians of Mission Health Partners are committed to working collaboratively with patients and our fellow providers toensure that the residents of western North Carolina have access to the most advanced, comprehensive, high-quality andaffordable care possible,” said Brian Moore, MD, Chairman of the Board for Mission Health Partners. “By expanding theMission Health Partners network to include specialty physicians, we not only improve access throughout the continuum of care,but also ensure patients have the resources they need for complete, coordinated care.”

“This is an essential next step as we work to better manage care for at-risk patient populations,” said Robert W. Fields, MD,family medicine physician and Medical Director, Mission Health Partners. “In the world of population health, we have to build a structure that meets the needs of both rural and urban communities serving patients of varying backgrounds and degrees of health; effective care coordination is an essential element in building low cost and high quality care, and having access to experienced specialists within the network significantly enhances and streamlines the care delivery model and overall experience for patients.”

Mission Health Partners would like to welcome the following practices to the network: Specialty Physicians and Practices:

·       AllCare Clinical Associates, PA
·       Appalachian Foot & Ankle Associates
·       Asheville Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center
·       Asheville Cardiology Associates
·       Asheville Endocrinology Associates
·       Asheville Eye Associates
·       Asheville Gynecology & Wellness: Vicky M. Scott, DO
·       Asheville Orthopaedic Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health
·       Asheville Plastic Surgery: James M. McDonough, MD
·       Asheville Pulmonary & Critical Care Associates, PA
·       Asheville Women’s Medical Center
·       Biltmore OB/GYN, PA
·       Brosnan Eye Associates
·       Steven L. Cahan, MD, PA
·       Cancer Care of Western North Carolina, an affiliate of Mission Health
·       Carolina Lung & Sleep at Pardee
·       Carolina Mountain Dermatology, PA
·       Carolina Mountain Emergency Medicine
·       Carolina Ophthalmology, PA
·       Carolina Spine & Neurosurgery Center, an affiliate of Mission Health
·       Charles J. DePaolo, MD, PA
·       Hendersonville Hematology & Oncology at Pardee
·       Hendersonville Orthopedic at Pardee
·       Hope Women’s Cancer Center, an affiliate of Mission Health
·       Laurel OB/GYN, PA
·       MAHEC OB/GYN Specialists
·       McDowell Anew Aesthetics & Laser Care
·       McDowell OB/GYN
·       McDowell Orthopedics
·       McDowell Pain Management
·       Mission Children’s Hospital
·       Mission Children’s Bryson City
·       Mission Children’s Sylva
·       Mission Fullerton Genetics Center
·       Mission Infectious Disease Associates
·       Mission Neurology
·       Mission Psychiatry
·       Mission Sports Medicine
·       Mission Weight Management
·       Mission Women’s Care
·       Mission Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center
·       Moore Foot & Ankle Specialists, PA
·       Mountain Area Pathology, PA
·       Mountain Diabetes & Endocrine Center
·       Mountain Kidney & Hypertension Associates
·       Mountain Radiation Oncology
·       Murphy Group Practice
·       October Road, Inc.
·       Pardee Center for Gynecology
·       Pardee Diabetes and Endocrine Associates
·       Pardee Neurology Associates
·       Pardee OB/GYN Associates
·       Pardee Surgical Associates
·       Pardee Urological Associates
·       The Pisgah Institute, PA
·       Radiation Therapy Associates of WNC, PA
·       Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health
·       Rheumatology at Pardee
·       Transylvania Women’s Care
·       Victoria Urological Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health
·       Western Carolina Women’s Specialty Center, an affiliate of Mission Health
·       WNC Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgeons, PA

Primary Care Practices Joining for 2016:

·       All Kids Pediatrics
·       Asheville Children’s Medical Center
·       Asheville Family & Sports Medicine: Charles J. McGraw, MD
·       Dry Ridge Family Medicine
·       Haywood Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Group
·       Hendersonville Pediatrics
·       Wellspring Family Practice


The Mission Health Partners network now includes 275 primary care providers and more than 550 specialty providers working together to improve clinical outcomes, lower costs of care and create an excellent patient experience.

About Mission Health Partners
Mission Health Partners (MHP) is a patient-centric and physician-governed network of clinicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, working collaboratively in an evidence-based manner to improve patient care and experience, decrease cost and ultimately drive positive changes in the health of the residents of western North Carolina.

MHP is among one of the largest ACOs in the country, covering 44,000 Medicare beneficiaries. MHP also covers 16,000 lives through the Mission Health employee benefits plan and some 5,500 patients attributed through Humana Medicare Advantage. We are currently accountable for the cost and quality of care for roughly 8 percent of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit missionhealthpartners.org.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, North Carolina, is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit,independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems 2012-2015 by Truven Health Analytics, formerly Thomson Reuters. Mission Health is the only health system in the nation to receive this recognition four years in a row, and the only health system in NorthCarolina to achieve Top 15 recognition.


Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates six hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers, post-acute care provider CarePartners, long-term acute care provider


Asheville Specialty Hospital and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub- specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence:Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 763 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternarycare. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitalsinclude Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands,McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 10,700 employees and 2,000volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For moreinformation, please visit mission-health.org or @MissionHealthNC.

About Able Allen
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