Southwestern Health Resources (SWHR) is an integrated health care network formed in 2015 with the purpose of filling gaps in care. It’s also part of one of the top Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the nation.
Having an unwavering commitment to lowering “total cost of care” has been a main factor in that Next Gen ACO success, Dr. Jason Fish, the chief medical officer at SWHR, told Home Health Care News. Having multiple home-based care programs — both internally and through preferred provider relationships with area home health agencies — has likewise played a major role.
“When you’re in value-based care, you recognize very early on that you cannot do this alone,” Fish, a general internist by training, said. “You will not be successful just as a provider group in this. And so those [home health] partnerships are critical.”