Visiting Physicians Association is the leader in geriatric house care medicine serving patients with 42 offices covering 12 states. Their goal is to ensure patients are stable in the home therefore minimizing future hospitalization. VPA’s primary care physician services have saved the healthcare system over $2.8 billion dollars annually by caring for patients in their home.
In December 2011, VPA, in conjunction with the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), was officially selected as a Pioneering Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The Pioneering ACO is one of 32 selected from over 4,500 applications to lead the way in the 2012 health care reform.
VPA is well represented in the CMS Independence at Home Demonstration, initiated June 1, 2012. VPA practices in Dallas, Milwaukee, Jacksonville, Lansing and Flint areas were among the 16 practices, out of a total of 166 national contenders, approved for the first 3 years of the program.
Visiting Physicians Association works with HMO and PPO health plan providers, in addition to traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage programs. VPA services have resulted in reduced hospitalization for patients in our care. VPA in home wellness visits will allow health plans to realize savings for the chronic and complex patient population.
Home Health & Hospice Agencies
Visiting Physicians Association works with home health and hospice agencies to ensure patients receive continuity of care in the home environment. VPA in home physicians collaborate with agencies to establish in-home treatment plans and certify the need for services. VPA refers over 75,000 home health episodes. VPA partners with over 1,000 home health agencies nationally.
Independent & Assisted Living Facilities
Visiting Physicians Association collaborates with Independent and Assisted Living communities to help ensure residents can age safely in place in the comfort of their home. VPA primary care physicians provide ease of access to patients and convenience to the community staff. This allows residents to have their medical needs, including mobile X-ray and mobile diagnostics, met in a timely manner.
Hospital & Skilled Nursing Facilities
Visiting Physicians Association works with over 500 referring hospitals, hospitalists, and skilled nursing facilities to ensure patients’ post-acute stay care is in place. VPA will coordinate all services required once the patient transitions back to the home environment. VPA is committed to further reducing the occurrence of re-hospitalization for their patients.
In December 2011, VPA, in conjunction with the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), was officially selected as a Pioneering Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Our Pioneering ACO is one of 32 selected from over 4,500 applications to lead the way in the 2012 health care reform.
VPA’s significant representation in the Independence at Home demonstration is a testament to the model of care USMM has helped develop over the years. Our continuum of care assists our providers in managing the patient in the home setting in a cost effective, quality manner. As Richard Gilfillan, Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation recently stated, “What they (the practices) have to do is deliver better coordinated care… thereby helping the patient avoid unnecessary emergency room visits or hospital admissions. By improving care, they will reduce the cost of care.”