Three Eastern Massachusetts doctors groups commit to NEQCA, Tufts Medical Center

July 8, 2013

Highland IPA, MetroWest AHO and Pediatric Associates, Inc. of Brockton sign 4-year extensions with the NEQCA network Tufts MC and Floating Hospital continue as groups’ preferred tertiary hospitals
 
BRAINTREE, Mass. (July 8) – New England Quality Care Alliance, a 1,600-physician network affiliated with Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children, announced today that three key doctors’ groups have elected to renew their membership in NEQCA. The groups will use Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children as their preferred hospitals when patients need academic level care.
 
The groups include:
  • Highland Healthcare Associates IPA, a large multispecialty physician group affiliated with Winchester Hospital with more than 100 primary care physicians
  • The MetroWest Accountable Healthcare Organization LLC. a multispeciality physician group with 48 primary care physicians affiliated with MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham and Natick
  • Pediatric Associates, Inc. of Brockton, a pediatric practice with 10 pediatricians treating children in Brockton, East Bridgewater and Hanson
 
Dr. Jeffrey Lasker, CEO of the New England Quality Care Alliance, said “Highland IPA, MetroWest AHO and Pediatric Associates of Brockton are excellent physician groups who provide great value to their patients. We are extremely pleased that they will continue working closely with the NEQCA leadership team and a thousand other physicians in the region to improve health care from a quality and cost perspective. Our philosophy is to be a network designed for physicians and led by physicians; having these great doctors extend their commitment to NEQCA and Tufts Medical Center for multiple years affirms that vision.”
 
“We are extremely proud to continue as the preferred academic medical center for these outstanding regional groups,” said Eric Beyer, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center.  “Through NEQCA, Tufts Medical Center and our community partners have pioneered innovative ways to improve patients’ health and coordinate their care. We support NEQCA physicians’ relationships with their community hospitals, and when patients need tertiary-level care, we work hand-in-hand with our NEQCA physicians to ensure they are an integral part of the care team.  We strongly believe that improving health care and reducing costs are inseparable goals, and together we are making health in Massachusetts better and more affordable.”
 
The New England Quality Care Alliance provides an opportunity for its more than 1,600 physician members to work together to improve and respond most effectively to changes in the delivery of healthcare, while maintaining control of their practices and experiencing professional satisfaction.  NEQCA brings resources to community practices so that physicians can achieve the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s “Triple Aim” of improving the health of populations, enhancing individual patient care and reducing the rise in healthcare costs. Physician members of NEQCA work with their local community hospitals and use Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children as their preferred tertiary center when their patients have complex medical needs that require the most advanced care.
 
Highland IPA’s physicians have been members of the NEQCA network since 2010, the MetroWest AHO physicians have been members since 2011, and Pediatric Associates, Inc. of Brockton joined in 2011.
 

About New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA)

New England Quality Care Alliance is a partnership of community and academic physicians dedicated to providing comprehensive, innovative, high-quality and affordable health care that brings value to their patients and the community.  NEQCA is comprised of almost 500 primary care physicians and pediatricians along with more than 1,100 specialists, located in practices across Eastern Massachusetts, from the Merrimack Valley to Cape Cod.  NEQCA physicians are organized into groups called Local Care Organizations (LCOs), and are on staff at community hospitals throughout Eastern Massachusetts.  The NEQCA network is integrated with Tufts Medical Center, the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and the Floating Hospital for Children, the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine.  For more information, please visit: www.neqca.org
 

About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with seven community hospitals and with New England Quality Care Alliance, its community physicians’ network. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.