About Us

ACO Name and location:

Healthier You Alliance in Accountable Care
8200 E. Thorn
Wichita, KS 67226

ACO primary contact

Edward J. Hett, MD
ed.hett@viachristi.org or 316-858-4970

Organizational information

ACO participants:  

ACO participants in joint ventures between ACO professionals and hospitals:

  • N/A

ACO Governing Body:

  • Edward Hett, MD, Chairperson – Voting member, ACO participant, Via Christi Clinic, P.A.
  • Terri Nickel, DO, Vice Chairperson – Voting member, ACO participant, Via Christi Clinic, P.A.
  • Timothy Benning, MD – Voting member, ACO participant, Kansas Imaging Consultants, P.A.
  • Julie Elder, DO – Voting member, ACO participant, GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc.
  • Dennis Ross, MD – Voting member, ACO participant, Kansas Nephrology Physicians, P.A.
  • Kenneth Jansson, MD – Voting member, ACO participant, Advanced Orthopaedic Associates, P.A.
  • Phil Neff – Voting member, Medicare beneficiary
  • Michael Bloustine, MD – Voting member, ACO participant, McPherson Hospital, Inc.
  • Debra Doubek-Phillips – Voting member, community stakeholder representative
  • Jacob Reed – Voting member, community stakeholder representative
  • Tara Neil – Voting member, ACO participant, Via Christi Hospitals Wichita, Inc.

Key ACO clinical and administrative leadership:

Edward HettEdward Hett, MD, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer

  • ACO participant, Via Christi Clinic, P.A.
  • Board certified in Family Medicine
  • Manages and oversees the operational aspects of ACO to promote the three-part aim of improved care for individuals, improved health for populations, and lower growth in expenditures for beneficiaries

Terri NickelTerri Nickel, DO, Vice Chairperson and Medical Director

  • ACO participant, Via Christi Clinic, P.A.
  • Board certified in Family Medicine
  • Manages and oversees the clinical aspects of the ACO

Julie Elder, DO, Chief Quality Officer

  • ACO participant, GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc.
  • Board certified in Family Medicine
  • Develops and manages the ACO quality assurance and improvement program

Coquette O’Rourke, Chief Compliance Officer

Associated committees and committee leadership:

Clinical Operations Committee: Dr. Terri Nickel, chair
Provides oversight for management of the clinical evaluation/operations, and improvement of health care for beneficiaries, including development of the following care paths:

ADHD
Adult obesity
Asthma
Back pain
Bipolar disorder
Bronchiolitis
Chronic kidney disease
Community-acquired pneumonia
COPD
Depression
Diabetes
Heart failure
Hypertension
Osteoarthritis
Pediatric diabetes
Pediatric obesity
Preventative screening

Network Management Committee: Dr. Lowell Ebersole, chair
Develops and manages the participant network to ensure a comprehensive continuum of care to meet goals of the three-part aim.

Performance Improvement Committee, Dr. Julie Elder, chair
Develops and manages quality assurance and improvement programs for patient care outcomes, safety and service.

Compliance/Finance Committee: Dr. Thomas Flynn, chair
Provides oversight for the development and management of the ACO compliance plan and shared savings distribution methodology.

Types of ACO participants or combinations of participants that formed the ACO:

ACO professionals in a group practice arrangement, hospital employing ACO professionals, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

Shared Savings and Losses:

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • Agreement period beginning 2013, Performance Year 1: $
  • Agreement period beginning 2013, Performance Year 2014: $
  • Agreement period beginning 2013, Performance Year 2015: $

Shared Savings Distribution

  • Agreement period beginning 2013, Performance Year1
    • Primary Care Physicians                   40% of available shared savings
    • Specialty Care Physicians                 25% of available shared savings
    • Inpatient Facilities                             20% of available shared savings
    • ACO, VCAAC                                   15% of available shared savings
       
  • Agreement period beginning 2013, Performance Year 2014,2015
    • Primary Care Physicians                   40% of available shared savings
    • Specialty Care Physicians                 25% of available shared savings
    • Inpatient Facilities                             20% of available shared savings
    • ACO, VCAAC                                   15% of available shared savings

Payment Rule Waivers

  • No, our ACO does not utilize the SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver

Quality performance results