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Archway Health Expands Commercial Bundles with New Analytics Team

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As bundled payments continue to be a championed tool of value-based care, Archway Health has hired four senior team members to boost the organization’s analytical operations for Medicare, health plan and employer-based bundled payment programs. With this team, Archway will continue to be a leading partner helping health plans, employers and specialty healthcare providers design and manage bundled payment programs.

Mah-Jabeen Soobader, Ph.D, MPH, joins in a new role as chief analytics officer. She will steer the strategic progression of payors and providers that are transitioning to and designing value-based care programs. Archway has also hired Jun Wang, Ph.D, M.D., principal data scientist; Yuze Shang, M.S., senior technical analyst; and Victoria Yang, M.P.H, M.Sc., senior product analyst.

“This new team of highly-skilled and experienced analytics and product design professionals will take our commercial bundle capabilities to the next level,” said Dave Terry, Co-founder and CEO. “At Archway, we are committed to building out each aspect of our business to continue to stand out in the marketplace as the premier bundled payments partner for participants in all settings.”

Dr. Soobader is a nationally-recognized subject matter expert in bundled payments and value-based reimbursement with a proven history of developing successful analytics and platform solutions for the healthcare industry. Her portfolio includes partnerships with several nationally-acclaimed health systems and specialty centers. She holds a doctorate in social epidemiology, a Master of Public Health from Boston University’s School of Public Health, and a degree in optometry from the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa.

Jun Wang, Ph.D, M.D., joins Archway as principal data scientist, bringing more than 10 years of experience in the design, development and implementation of Medicare, Medicaid and commercial bundled payment initiatives, such as Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI), Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR), and Oncology Care Model (OCM). Her previous experience includes production of the original SAS analytic packages for the Prometheus bundled payment model, and design of 39 custom bundled payment arrangements for commercial programs. Dr. Wang earned a doctorate from Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and holds a medical degree from Beijing University’s School of Medicine in China.

In the role of senior technical analyst, Yuze Shang will manage the development of data verification and integrity programs. She has been previously involved in launching BPCI and CJR analysis models, and she holds three certifications by SAS as a Base, Advanced and Clinical Trials Programmer. Shang earned a master’s degree in physiology from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in business economics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey.

Victoria Yang joins Archway as senior product analyst from a similar role with nThrive, where she performed research and analysis on CMS value-based payment programs to support product design. Yang also previously worked as a clinical analyst at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she led the research modeling and analytic reporting for multiple high-risk cancer studies, in addition to leading outcome measurement. She holds a master’s degree in biomedical science and molecular biology from George Washington University and a master’s degree in epidemiology from Yale University.

About Archway Health Archway Health, founded in 2014 and built on a deep foundation of healthcare payment reform expertise, works with providers to design and execute care and risk management programs that drive success in bundled payment programs. Archway is currently working with leading healthcare providers participating in the CMS BPCI and OCM programs, as well as with commercial payers operating bundled payment initiatives. To support these programs, Archway works with providers to analyze their opportunities and risks and to deploy its comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services to ensure their success in bundled payments. For more information, please visit www.archwayhealth.com.

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For Archway Health Olivia Armstrong, 781-924-6714 oarmstrong@hencove.com

Archway Examines the Impact of Bundled Payments Ahead of Expected New CMS Programs

WATERTOWN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to a survey conducted by Archway Health – a Boston-based firm specializing in managing bundled payments programs – participation in bundled payments has improved the quality of care, and anticipation and preparation for new programs remains high. The survey assessed the perceptions and efficacy of bundled payments ahead of the expected announcement of a new bundled payments program from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The survey results are based on responses from 70 participants across the U.S. The participants, which included executives, administrators and clinicians, represented the continuum of healthcare from hospitals, specialty care, post-acute facilities and home health care.

Key findings from Archway’s survey indicate the impact of bundled payments:

  • 75% of respondents say involvement in these programs has improved quality of care, whether it lowered costs or not.
  • 63% of respondents say bundled payments has both improved quality and lowered cost.
  • The most prominent reason for not participating in bundled payments was the potential administrative burden. No respondents cited a limited return on investment as a reason for not participating.

“It was great to get such a strong and positive response that confirms what we’re seeing with our provider partners – bundled payments work,” said Dave Terry, founder and CEO of Archway Health. “Bundled payments will continue to play a major role in healthcare as we move from volume to value, especially as we move toward models that encourage efficiency and improvements in care quality. Archway is dedicated to helping specialists succeed in all of these programs as they continue to grow.”

Other findings from the survey indicate healthcare professionals’ attitudes towards bundled payments:

  • As CMS is expected to release a second generation of Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI), 75% of respondents are “definitely” or “probably” planning to participate.
  • When it comes to bundled payments, 25% of healthcare professionals say they are “100% ready” to implement them, while 56% are “getting prepared” or “just started the process” with more to do.

“It’s great to see that healthcare professionals want to participate in bundled payments and are actively preparing to do so,” said Keely Macmillan, general manager of BPCI for Archway Health. “Bundled payments offer clinicians and healthcare professionals the opportunity to take control of the entire care process and ensure patients achieve the best outcomes in a cost-efficient manner.”

Since its inception in 2014, Archway Health has been active and solely focused on bundled payments. Specialists and providers partner with Archway to receive guidance on how to navigate every step of bundled payments participation.

To learn more about bundled payments, the survey, the anticipated new CMS program and how it impacts providers, please contact info@archwayha.com.

About Archway Health

Archway Health, founded in 2014 and built on a deep foundation of healthcare payment reform expertise, works with providers to design and execute care and risk management initiatives that drive success in bundled payment programs. Archway is currently working with leading healthcare providers participating in the CMS BPCI and OCM programs, as well as with commercial payers operating bundled payment initiatives. To support these programs, Archway works with providers to analyze their opportunities and risks and to deploy its comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services to ensure their success in bundled payments. For more information, please visit www.archwayhealth.com.

Contacts

For Archway Health Olivia Armstrong, 781-924-6714 oarmstrong@hencove.com

Archway Health Joins Health Care Transformation Task Force

Alliance of Private Sector Leaders Spearheading Adoption of Value-Based Payment Models

WASHINGTON (May 31, 2017) – The Health Care Transformation Task Force, a consortium of leading health care payers, providers, purchasers and patient organizations working to accelerate the pace of U.S. health care delivery system transformation, announced today that Archway Health, a full-service, tech-enabled bundled payment company, has joined its membership.

As part of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, Archway Health supports the goal of moving 75 percent of business into value-based arrangements that focus on providing person-centered care that is high quality and lower cost through innovative delivery models.

With more than 40 organizations representing patients, payers, providers and purchasers, the Task Force aims to align private and public sector efforts to transform the U.S. health care system. By developing and disseminating strategy, operational and policy recommendations, it seeks to spark rapid, measurable change across the health care landscape.

“At Archway, we believe the transformation to value-based models, and specifically bundled payments, will lead to better patient outcomes, higher-quality care and reduced costs,” said Dave Terry, Co-Founder and CEO of Archway Health. “We’re pleased to join the Task Force to support organizations in entering value-based agreements and contribute to a broader effort to move the industry toward patient-centered care.”

Archway helps providers through each step of the process to implement and manage bundled payments with opportunity analysis, practice transformation and compliance. Archway supports CMS Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI), Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR), Oncology Care Management (OCM) and Episode Payment Model (EPM) programs, as well as with commercial payers who are pursuing bundled payment initiatives.

“Archway Health is a welcome addition to our robust alliance, as we boldly seek to deliver the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs,” said Jeff Micklos, executive director of the Task Force. “Their expertise and support is critical to the knowledge sharing our members need to continue down the path to transformation.”

About Health Care Transformation Task Force

The Health Care Transformation Task Force is an industry consortium that brings together patients, payers, providers and purchasers to align private and public sector efforts to clear the way for a sweeping transformation of the U.S. health care system. Our members are committed to rapid, measurable change, both for ourselves and our country. Our members aspire to have 75 percent of their respective business operating under value-based payment arrangements by 2020. To learn more, visit www.hcttf.org.  

About Archway Health Archway Health, founded in 2011 and built on a deep foundation of healthcare payment reform expertise, works with providers to design and execute care and risk management programs that drive success in bundled payment programs. Archway is currently working with leading healthcare providers participating in the CMS BPCI, CJR, and OCM programs, as well as with commercial payers operating bundled payment initiatives. To support these programs, Archway works with providers to analyze their opportunities and risks and to deploy its comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services to ensure their success in bundled payments. For more information, please visit www.archwayhealth.com.

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Archway Health Partners with athenahealth’s ‘More Disruption Please’ Program to Help Providers Succeed in Bundled Payments

Watertown, MA, April 5, 2017 – Archway Health, a full service tech-enabled bundled payment company, today announced a partnership with athenahealth, Inc. through athenahealth’s ‘More Disruption Please’ (MDP) program, making Archway Carelink and Archway Analytics part of the athenahealth® Marketplace. This newly integrated application offers athenahealth’s growing network of nearly 88,000 healthcare providers access to Archway Health's comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services. "Since our company’s inception, athenahealth has been a strong advocate of our approach to bundled payments as evidenced by our membership in the MDP Accelerator," said Dave Terry, Archway Health Co-Founder and CEO. "We’re pleased to continue this partnership and proud to bring our solution to athenahealth’s national network of healthcare providers as they adopt new payment models designed to improve care and reduce costs."

Archway helps providers through each step of the process to implement and manage bundled payments with opportunity analysis, practice transformation and compliance. Archway supports CMS Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI), Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR), Oncology Care Management (OCM) and Episode Payment Model (EPM) programs, as well as with commercial payers who are pursuing bundled payment initiatives.

athenahealth is a network-enabled services company with a vision to build a national health information backbone to help make healthcare work as it should. As an MDP partner, Archway Health joins a network of like-minded healthcare professionals who are looking to disrupt established approaches in healthcare that simply aren’t working, aren’t good enough, or aren’t advancing the industry and help providers thrive in the face of industry change.

To learn more about Archway Health’s new integrated application, please visit Archway Health’s product listing page on the Marketplace: http://www.athenahealth.com/healthcare-technology-partners/archway-health.

About Archway Health Archway Health, founded in 2011 and built on a deep foundation of healthcare payment reform expertise, works with providers to design and execute care and risk management programs that drive success in bundled payment programs. Archway is currently working with leading healthcare providers participating in the CMS BPCI, CJR, and OCM programs, as well as with commercial payers operating bundled payment initiatives. To support these programs, Archway works with providers to analyze their opportunities and risks and to deploy its comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services to ensure their success in bundled payments. For more information, please visit www.archwayhealth.com.

Media Contact: Flannery Nangle 315-406-5495 fnangle@hencove.com

Archway Health Appoints Industry Veteran Victoria Abrams to SVP of Contracting and Specialty Networks

Watertown, MA, March 8, 2017Archway Health, a full service tech-enabled bundled payment company, today announced the addition of Victoria Abrams as Senior Vice President of Contracting and Specialty Networks, effective immediately. As a leader with extensive experience in managed care markets and value-based contracting, Abrams will be responsible for building bundled payment specialty networks and negotiating agreements with health plans and employers.

“At Archway, we’ve seen specialists realize significant savings in CMS’s bundled payment models, and believe they are well-suited to own the bundle because of their complete understanding of a patient’s condition and needs,” said Dave Terry, Co-Founder and CEO of Archway Health. “The addition of Victoria to our team enables us to expand opportunities for specialists to participate in value-based contracts. Drawing from her vast experience, we will be able to better assist specialists in implementing bundled payment contracts and earning new sources of revenue.”

In her role, Abrams’s will be focusing on expanding Archway's network of bundled payment providers in major U.S. markets. Through negotiated contracts with insurers and employers, both specialists and payers benefit from savings through their bundled payment programs.

Abrams joins Archway with more than 30 years of leadership experience on both the payer and provider side in mature managed care markets. Prior to joining Archway, she served both as direct management and then as a consultant to physician and hospital organizations, helping to successfully negotiate and manage financial risk arrangements. Among her many achievements, she negotiated innovative value-based contracts with health plans for multiple providers and supported contract implementation leading to more than $60 million in annual performance incentives. She also increased market share for four health plan companies by strategically expanding provider networks in selected geographic areas, resulting in additional 300,000 members and improved account sales.

“Throughout my career, I worked to establish alternative payment models and advance the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care,” said Abrams. “As we continue in this transformation, bundled payments have proven to be successful for not only specialists, but also beneficial for health plans and employers. I’m thrilled to join the Archway team to enable more providers to improve care and reduce costs.”

To learn more about Archway Health, please contact info@archwayha.com.

About Archway Health Archway Health, founded in 2011 and built on a deep foundation of healthcare payment reform expertise, works with providers to design and execute care and risk management programs that drive success in bundled payment programs. Archway is currently working with leading healthcare providers participating in the CMS BPCI, CJR, and OCM programs, as well as with commercial payers operating bundled payment initiatives. To support these programs, Archway works with providers to analyze their opportunities and risks and to deploy its comprehensive platform of analytics, patient tracking tools, and advisory services to ensure their success in bundled payments. For more information, please visit www.archwayhealth.com.

Media Contact: Flannery Nangle 315-406-5495 fnangle@hencove.com