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Region’s leading medical groups partner to form clinically integrated health care network

Tampa, FL (May 24, 2016) –  Tampa Bay Health Alliance, LLC, (TBHA) today announced its formation as a new partnership of five leading medical groups, creating a clinically integrated network designed to provide accessible, higher quality and more efficient health care to Tampa Bay area patients and their families while controlling costs.

The five members are Florida Medical Clinic, Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Pediatric Health Care Alliance, Women’s Care Florida, and USF Physicians Group. While the partnership sets in motion a new collaborative relationship among these five members, each group will continue to operate independently. Collectively, the five groups total more than 1,300 health care professionals caring for more than 750,000 patients throughout the Tampa Bay region.

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In agreement to launch the TBHA are, from left, Dr. Chandresh Saraiya of Florida Medical Clinic, Dr. Ira Riemer of Women’s Care Florida, Dr. Edmund Funai of USF Physicians Group, Dr. Roy Sanders of Florida Orthopaedic Institute, and Dr. Karalee Kulek-Luzey of Pediatric Health Care Alliance.

“We have amassed physicians and care providers who understand the changing health care environment and who are willing to work in a cohesive, collaborative way to drive positive changes for the Tampa Bay community,” said Chandresh Saraiya, MD, Chairman of the Board for TBHA. “As TBHA evolves in the Tampa Bay region, it will serve as a model for true population health.”

With more than 1,300 primary and specialty care physicians and health care practitioners, TBHA is well positioned to meet the challenges of a health care industry transitioning from today’s expensive fee-for-service system that tends to encourage excessive treatment to a value-based model of care emphasizing better health outcomes at lower overall costs.

In concert with new efforts and requirements to reduce costs and improve care for entire populations – population health – patients will likely benefit most from this collaborative partnership, said Daniel B. Vukmer, TBHA’s Chief Executive Officer.

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Daniel Vukmer, CEO of the Tampa Bay Health Alliance.

“By connecting and coordinating our care systems into a larger, integrated network that shares resources, measures health care utilization and enhances coordination of care, TBHA is poised to greatly increase the efficiency and quality of care offered to patients,” Vukmer said.

Clinically integrated networks (CINs) are networks of providers who, together, can have greater impact on managing population health and improving patient outcomes, as well as optimizing costs and meeting quality metrics.

Each of TBHA members will focus on providing value-based health care services in their existing service areas, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee counties.

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Florida Medical Clinic is a physician owned multi-specialty practice comprised of a team of nearly 300 highly skilled providers representing over 35 medical disciplines. Florida Medical Clinic provides care in over 50 locations throughout Florida’s Hillsborough and Pasco Counties. Established in 1993, FMC remains true to the core belief: to make patients the first priority and to continue to develop as a high performing medical group that focuses on value based programs for area communities.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute, founded in 1989, is one of Florida’s largest orthopedic groups and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine, and orthopedic urgent care, among others. Comprised of 150 providers, including 43 board-certified physicians, the organization treats patients throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond across ten locations, including Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, Citrus Park, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center, North Tampa, and Wesley Chapel.

Pediatric Health Care Alliance (PHCA) is the largest single-specialty pediatric group on the West coast of Florida. Comprised of 41 board-certified pediatricians and six board-certified ARNP and PA providers at 12 neighborhood locations, PHCA provides a comprehensive network of primary health care for over 75,000 children in Tampa Bay. PHCA is nationally recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, and has developed a pediatric population health management program to enhance quality and patient outcomes. Established in 1997, PHCA is strongly committed to local growth in Tampa Bay and to preserving independent ownership by our pediatricians.

Women’s Care Florida is a multi-specialty, women’s health, physician group offering patient care services in obstetrics, gynecology, gynecologic oncology, urogynecology, gynecologic and breast pathology, breast surgery and maternal-fetal medicine. The group has over 150 providers in over 20 outpatient locations, including a women’s services laboratory and a breast center.

The USF Physicians Group is the faculty practice plan for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. As part of an academic health center and with more than 650 health care professionals in 32 specialties seeing patients in more than 30 specialty clinics and locations across the Tampa Bay region, the USF Physicians Group is the largest practice plan on the west coast of Florida.

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