The agreement will create new opportunities for eligible residents in central Massachusetts to access CCA’s proven care model and Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center’s comprehensive provider network
BOSTON and WORCESTER, MA – October 25, 2022 – Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA), a nationally recognized non-profit integrated care system based in Massachusetts, has announced a provider agreement with the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center that will provide CCA’s members with access to the health center’s three medical facilities, two dental sites, two optometry sites, and six school-based centers serving residents of Worcester, Framingham, Milford, and the surrounding communities of MetroWest and Central Massachusetts.
“CCA was founded on a vision and commitment to improve the health and well-being of the individuals we serve in partnership with the provider community. Through a strong and comprehensive network and closely aligned relationships with our providers such as the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, individuals with significant needs are afforded a unique opportunity to receive outstanding care and a wide range of community support services,” said Mark Waggoner, CCA Massachusetts general manager. “We are excited to work together to collectively serve the community through the coordination of individualized care plans, addressing behavioral health needs, food and housing security, access to community resources, crisis support, transportation and more.”
Waggoner continued, “This important expansion of CCA’s provider network is another example of our commitment to increase access to high quality, individualized care and community support for individuals throughout the Commonwealth.”
At the core of CCA’s mission is its comprehensive model of uncommon care®. This unique model delivers better health outcomes through seamless integration, a community focus, and an emphasis on the behavioral and social factors of health that account for so many critical gaps in care. It is based on CCA’s deep, data-powered understanding of what puts people at risk, together with their unmatched ability to find and engage hard-to-reach individuals.
Founded in a Worcester housing project in 1972, today close to 30,000 patients of all ages receive care and service through the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center’s medical home model of care, which provides comprehensive approach to the delivery of quality primary and urgent care, dental care, optometry, pharmacy, behavioral health, substance use treatment and services, social services, women’s health, HIV/AIDs treatment and services, medical specialties, nutrition counseling, laboratory and health education programs.
The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center will participate in the CCA provider network for all CCA health plans offered in Massachusetts: CCA One Care, the largest plan of its kind in the state and one of the fastest growing plans of its kind in the country, is a Massachusetts demonstration Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) for individuals between 21 and 64 who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. CCA Senior Care Options (SCO), rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by CMS, is an HMO Special Needs Plan for people who are 65 and older and eligible for Medicaid. These dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries qualify as high-need based on income or health status, and often live with multiple chronic conditions, physical or behavioral health disabilities, severe mental illness, and social determinants of health (SDOH) needs, including food and housing insecurity. CCA is also offers three Medicare Advantage plans in the market, CCA Medicare Preferred, CCA Medicare Value and CCA Medicare Premier.
Individuals in the central Massachusetts area interested in learning more about CCA can visit www.commonwealthcarealliance.org.
About Commonwealth Care Alliance
Based in Boston, Commonwealth Care Alliance® (CCA) is a multi-state integrated care system influencing innovative models of complex care nationwide. Mission-based and person-centered, CCA focuses on sustainable and evidence-based healthcare breakthroughs that improve the health and well-being of people with significant needs, and CCA advocates for affordable, high-quality, and cost-effective policies that lead to healthcare equity for individuals who need it most. The CCA uncommon care® model is consistently recognized as one of the best in the country at finding and engaging traditionally hard-to-reach individuals—since 2016*, consumers have consistently rated CCA One Care as one of the best for overall experience. CCA Senior Care Options achieved 4.5 out of 5 Stars from CMS for 2023. In 2021, CCA began a multi-year, mission-aligned geographic diversification growth strategy to extend its proven care model throughout the United States, and now serves more than 100,000 individuals and operates health plans in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, California and Michigan. CCA has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the 2022 Disability Equality Index®, the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for companies to measure disability workplace inclusion. Learn more at www.commonwealthcarealliance.org or follow CCA on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram.
*Based on the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys.