Skip to main content

MaineHealth, agilon health agree to form partnership supporting primary care for Medicare Advantage patients

March 11, 2022

Contact

For MaineHealth: John Porter
207-329-8594 / john.porter@mainehealth.org

For agilon: Claire Mulhearn
310-463-5047 / media@agilonhealth.com

The organizations plan to enter a long-term partnership that will enable a greater investment in value-based models of care, emphasizing preventive services and chronic care management for MaineHealth’s senior patients.

PORTLAND, MaineMaineHealth said today it has signed a letter of intent to enter into a long-term partnership with agilon health (NYSE: AGL), a company that empowers physicians to transform community health.

Through the partnership, MaineHealth will work with agilon health to transform its primary care delivery system for its Medicare Advantage patients from a fee-for-service model to a sustainable value-based care model that will improve patient care while working to lower costs to the health system.

"Our partnership with agilon health is a direct reflection of our vision of ‘working together so our communities are the healthiest in America’,” said Andy Mueller, MD, Chief Executive Officer, MaineHealth. “Through the partnership with agilon heath, we will be accelerating the transition to a payment model defined by value and investing more deeply in our primary care delivery system. The depth of patient need, especially among our growing senior population, necessitates us to think very differently about what the primary care delivery system in our community needs to look like today and in the future."

Value-based care is an important health care delivery model under which providers are paid based on the health outcomes of their patients and the quality of services delivered versus the quantity. Through agilon health’s partnership model and purpose-built platform, the company has helped 17 of the nation’s best physician groups accelerate at scale their transition to a value-based, Total Care Model that places the primary care physician at the center of delivering patient care. MaineHealth is the first integrated health system to partner with agilon health.

“Through our partnership, agilon health is proud to support MaineHealth’s vision to create the nation’s healthiest communities and to help build a more sustainable model for their Medicare Advantage business,” said Steve Sell, Chief Executive Officer, agilon health. “By helping to establish a new primary care delivery system within MaineHealth’s integrated care ecosystem, we will be able to deliver better outcomes and quality of care for their patients, particularly the most vulnerable.”

MaineHealth and agilon health have begun implementation work and will finalize their agreement in coming months, When the partnership is in place, agilon will support MaineHealth physicians in identifying patient conditions and mapping out care plans, making sure senior patients get the preventive care they need as well as ongoing management of any health concerns. This will allow MaineHealth to more confidently enter into value-based contracts within the Medicare Advantage system that reward providers for keeping patients healthy.

“We are constantly researching better ways to provide care for our patients,” said Aileen Mickey, MD, MHA, president, MaineHealth Medical Group. “With the acceleration in the shift to value-based care across the country, this partnership is a significant milestone in ensuring we are ahead of the curve in the future of primary care delivery, and it advances our mission to provide our senior patients and communities high-quality, affordable care.”

###

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit integrated health system whose vision is, “Working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.” It consists of nine local hospital systems, a comprehensive behavioral healthcare network, diagnostic services, home health agencies, and more than 1,500 employed and independent physicians working together through the MaineHealth Medical Group. With approximately 22,000 employees, MaineHealth provides preventive care, diagnosis and treatment to 1.1 million residents in Maine and New Hampshire. It includes Franklin Memorial Hospital/Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, LincolnHealth in Damariscotta and Boothbay Harbor, Maine Behavioral Healthcare in South Portland, MaineHealth Care at Home in Saco, Maine Medical Center in Portland, Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H., Mid Coast-Parkview Health in Brunswick, NorDx in Scarborough, Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital in Rockport and Belfast, Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford and Sanford, Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook and Stephens Memorial Hospital/Western Maine Health Care in Norway. MaineHealth Affiliates include Maine General Health in Augusta and Waterville, New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. It is also a significant stakeholder in the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization in Portland.

About agilon health
agilon health is the trusted partner empowering physicians to transform community health. Through our partnerships and purpose-built platform, agilon is accelerating at scale how physician groups transition to a value-based, Total Care Model. agilon provides the technology, people, capital, and process and access to a peer network that allow physician groups to maintain their independence and devote the right amount of time to their most vulnerable patients. Together, agilon and its physician partners are creating the healthcare system we need – one built on the value of care, not the volume of fees. The result: healthier communities, and empowered doctors. Today, agilon is the trusted partner in 17 diverse communities and is here to help more of our nation’s best physician groups and health systems have a sustained, thriving future. For more information go to www.agilonhealth.com connect with us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

News from Around MaineHealth

View All
Stephens Memorial Hospital to Host Access to Care Open House on June 29th
Stephens Memorial Hospital will hold an open house to celebrate MaineHealth’s Access to Care program, which for 20 years has connected our community’s most vulnerable populations to affordable health insurance and free and low cost health care and medications.
MaineHealth Free Food as Medicine Program
MaineHealth is offering a free one-year Food as Medicine program (FAM) to support individuals with one or more chronic health conditions who have limited access to healthy food.
Pen Bay Medical Center is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality AFib care
The American Heart Association presents the Get With The Guidelines - AFIB Gold award for proven dedication to ensuring all AFib patients have access to best practices and life-saving care
MMC receives $2M gift from Eric and Peggy Cianchette; The Next 150 Campaign Extended
After raising more than $150 million, MMC is extending its campaign goal to support its increased care and workforce development needs.
Memorial Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Services to Children Under 5 Years of Age
“We are now able to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to all age groups,” says Memorial’s Emergency Management Coordinator Will Owen RN. “This approval is another step in controlling this pandemic.”
PUBLIC NOTICE: MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM® - SITE VISIT
Learn about Maine Medical Center’s upcoming Magnet re-designation site visit, including information on how to submit comment.
Emotional Message by MMC ICU Nurses Earns MaineHealth Videographer a Regional Emmy® Award
Videographer Charlie Berg won in the category of health/medical-short form content for the story entitled, ‘Inside View of Maine Medical Center ICU Nurses Caring for Unvaccinated COVID-19 Patients.’
Annual Health Care Golf Classic taking place on July 11
Spend a day golfing and supporting a good cause this summer.
Rockland Peer Support Center Celebrates Grand Re-Opening June 18th
The Rockland Peer Support Center located at 12 Union Street, Rockland, invites the public to a grand re-opening celebration from 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, June 18, to raise awareness about the center and the needs of the community it supports.
Kennebunk Walk-In Care Reopening
Will be open for Urgent Care needs Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. No appointment needed.