Cornerstone Health Care is a group of more than 275 physicians and advanced practice providers representing a wide range of specialties. One of the fastest growing physician groups in the Southeast, Cornerstone is a multi-disciplinary practice with more than 80 locations in communities throughout central North Carolina.
Cornerstone Health Care is the recipient of the 2015 American Medical Group Association Acclaim Award, a national recognition for success in improving the quality and lowering the cost of services offered. Cornerstone has transitioned from the traditional "fee-for-service" model to a patient-centered medical home system providing expanded access, increased coordination of care, enhanced patient education for prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and sophisticated technological support.
Cornerstone is an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health. Our physicians have privileges at the many hospitals, surgical centers and nursing homes in the communities we serve.
Cornerstone Health Care opened in 1995 as a multidisciplinary group of 42 physicians in 15 practices. Today with more than 275 physicians and advanced practice providers in more than 80 practices, Cornerstone is firmly committed to making the goals of the Three Part Aim the expectations of our patients, payers and employer clients. Since 2011, we have been implementing changes in our organization with three distinct goals: improve the quality of care of our patients; improving the patient experience with all of our providers; and by achieving the first two goals, we will reduce the overall cost of care.
In October 2011 Cornerstone leadership made the decision to move to a value-driven health care delivery system, completely focused on the experience of our patients. During 2012, each Cornerstone primary care practice was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) at the highest level. In 2015, Cornerstone was recognized by UnitedHealth Care by being awarded their PATH Excellence Patient Service Award. We improved patient outcomes for our Medicare Advantage members by encouraging greater use of the preventive health care services available to them.
In July 2012 Cornerstone Health Care was selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Through the Shared Savings Program, Cornerstone Health Care works with CMS to provide Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries with high quality service and care, while reducing the growth in Medicare expenditures through enhanced care coordination. In 2015, Cornerstone was also recognized CMS for the highest quality scores of all North Carolina ACOs and had the sixth highest reported quality scores of all ACOs nationally. With that achievement, in 2016 Cornerstone was one of only 21 ACOs in the country invited to participate in phase two of the ACO process called the Next Generation ACO. This recognizes Cornerstone's advanced readiness and commitment to providing the highest quality care at the best cost possible.
As we transition to population health coordination, we are more closely monitoring the care of patients and working with them on how to properly manage their conditions more effectively. Delivering quality patient care is, and always will be, our top priority. We are also working hard with the insurance groups and exchange plans to provide the highest quality, preventive health services possible to ensure that our patients are leading healthy, active lives. Being recognized by CMS for improving patient outcomes was quite the accomplishment. This data was the proof that Cornerstone had indeed improved the health of their patients, saved lives and all the while, controlled the cost of care. In fact, Cornerstone's cost of care was 17 percent lower than community benchmarks.
Today Cornerstone patients experience a team approach to their health care that includes the right services, by the right providers at the right time and place. After physician visits, patients receive follow up calls from health care professionals to help individuals work on their goals for improving their health. And Cornerstone asks patients if they are satisfied with their health care experience.
Our clinical information resources allow us to analyze patient care, quality and outcome data and to measure our progress through this transition. Establishing more collaborative partnerships with third-party payers is a critical strategy in our transition to population health coordination. We have negotiated paid-for-value contracts with all major insurance companies in our coverage area.
We invite patients and employers to join us in the Cornerstone experience.
Please visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227 (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048) for questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations.