Advocare & Continuum Health Alliance Reach Unprecedented Patient-Centered Medical Home Milestone

April 14, 2015

Advocare & Continuum Health Alliance Reach Unprecedented Patient-Centered Medical Home Milestone

78 Practices Achieve Highest Level of Recognition;

70 in NJ, Most of any Medical Group in the State;

100% of PA Advocare Pediatric Practices Receive PCMH Recognition  

Marlton, NJ – March 31, 2015 –Advocare, one of the region’s largest independent medical groups and Continuum Health Alliance (“Continuum”), a physician enablement company, have reached an unprecedented milestone: 78 primary care practices have achieved Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Seventy of the Advocare practices are located in New Jersey and represent more PCMH-recognized providers than any other medical group in the state.  All eight Advocare pediatric practices located in Pennsylvania received PCMH recognition.

NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS®, the performance measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation’s health plans. According to NCQA, the patient-centered medical home is a way of organizing primary care that focuses on care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower overall costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care. Providers who seek PCMH Recognition engage in a rigorous transformation process and must meet six key standards including: provide enhanced access and continuity, identify and manage patient populations, plan and manage patient care, provide self-care support and community resources, track and coordinate care, and measure and improve performance.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Advocare has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

“Our physicians, nurses and staff have worked tirelessly over the last two years to embrace the standards set forth by the NCQA. We chose this path because it was the right thing to do for our patients and for our providers, and the results speak for themselves,” said Advocare president, Howard Orel, MD. “Continuum Health Alliance’s Population Health team worked closely with Marc Backal, MD, Chairman of the Strategic Development Committee and Michael Schlitt, MD, Chairman of the Contracting Committee, to provide the coaching and technology platform required to improve quality of care, enhance the patient experience and lower the overall cost of care.”

Advocare providers dramatically altered patient health outcomes and lowered overall cost of care using the Continuum Health Platform, a blend of managed services, best-of-breed technologies and PCMH implementation services. In one shared savings program covering 20,000 patients, 23 Advocare family medicine practices achieved the 90th percentile of care quality, lowered inpatient admissions by 18.8%, reduced 30-day hospital readmissions to 12% (versus a national average of 18%) and lowered the overall cost of care by 17% over 24 months.

“We are pleased and honored to share in this accomplishment with Advocare,” said Continuum President, Christopher T. Olivia, MD. “The patient-centered medical home model offers great promise but requires a significant commitment from providers. Our mission from the start was to give Advocare the tools and expert support they needed to meet their goals.”


About Advocare

Advocare, LLC (“Advocare”) is a physician-owned medical group operating in New Jersey and the greater Philadelphia metropolitan region. Founded in 1998 as an alliance of 33 pediatricians in southern New Jersey, Advocare has grown to become widely recognized and highly respected as one of the region’s largest, independent, multi-specialty physician groups. Advocare serves approximately 500,000 patients at nearly 200 locations throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Patients visit Advocare’s 500+ primary care physicians, specialists, and nurse practitioners more than one million times each year. Advocare physicians are regularly recognized among the region’s top doctors. Since 2012, more than 60 Advocare doctors have been named “Top Docs” by New Jersey and Pennsylvania consumer magazines. Learn more at www.advocaredoctors.com. 

Advocare Contact:

Chuck McQueary/Executive Director

(856) 504-8028 X2022


About Continuum Health Alliance

Continuum Health Alliance, LLC (“Continuum”) is a physician enablement company providing a managed platform for population health, practice management and community care services. The company offers proven, strategic business and clinical solutions empowering medical providers within physician groups, private practices, health systems, hospitals, and self-funded settings to enhance patient access and experience, improve health and lower overall costs. Continuum serves 1,000+ primary care physicians, specialists and nurse practitioners in private practice and hospital-affiliated settings. Clients benefit from the expertise of more than 350 highly experienced Continuum medical and business professionals who have demonstrated success in assisting clients located in nearly 400 medical offices and hospital locations. Learn more at www.challc.net.

Continuum Contact:

Linda M. Smith

(856) 782-3300 X1026