News Lone Star Circle of Care Joins Seton Health Alliance to Expand Person-Centered Health Care for Central Texans

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Expands the number of Medicare patients served by this innovative delivery system

AUSTIN, Texas - (March 5, 2013) -The Lone Star Circle of Care (LSCC) has joined the Seton Health Alliance, an organization dedicated to improving medical quality and efficiency by creating an organized system of care.

Seton Health Alliance is a sytem of health care providers-including primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals and post-acute care providers like skilled nursing facilities-that accepts responsibility for the cost and quality of care for their patients. Alliance providers are rewarded by government and commercial payers for their effectiveness in improving patient outcomes and clinical efficiency.

In its first year, Seton Health Alliance, which included Austin Regional Clinic and the Seton Healthcare Family's three Community Health Centers, focused on improving the patient experience and care of Medicare patients, a rapidly growing vulnerable population that increasingly is underserved by the fee-for-service health care model.

"The Alliance will allow Lone Star Circle of Care to take the already exceptional care we provide our Medicare patients to the next level," said Dr. Tamarah Duperval-Brownlee, Lone Star Circle of Care chief medical officer. "As a part of Seton Health Alliance, our patients can feel confident that Lone Star is always supporting them and influencing their health care, beyond the clinic walls and throughout every aspect of their lives."

Seton Health Alliance facilitates communication between a patient's providers that strengthens patient contact and ensures that patients have adequate support as they transition from doctor to hospital to home or rehabilitation setting.

Care navigators, targeted patient education and patient advisory boards are some of the strategies employed by the Seton Health Alliance to improve care.

An important feature of this type of care delivery model is that patients have a choice of physicians and are not limited to a specific provider network. If patients do not feel their needs are being met, they may seek care elsewhere, a financial and quality-of-care risk for the coordinating providers. That's a powerful incentive for Alliance providers to get it right.

"Lone Star Circle of Care's person-centered culture, along with its sophisticated Member Navigation Center and integrated behavioral health program will provide Seton Health Alliance with the kind of infrastructure that will help support the Seton Health Alliance's program of coordinated care," said Jeff Cook, Seton Health Alliance chief executive officer. "Our long-term goal is to expand the number of our collaborators and providers, and to develop a clinically integrated network that effectively and efficiently improves the health of our community."

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