APG Announces Name Change for APG Direct Contracting Coalition

March 2, 2022

Washington, DC – America’s Physician Groups (APG) today announced that its more than 100-member APG Direct Contracting Coalition has been renamed the APG REACH Coalition, effective immediately. The move follows the recent decision by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to redesign and rename the former Global and Professional Direct Contracting Model. This model will now be called the Accountable Care Organization Realizing Equity, Access, and Community Health (ACO REACH) Model.

“The changes in the revamped ACO REACH model create an unprecedented opportunity for the members of our renamed APG REACH Coalition,” said Susan Dentzer, APG’s incoming president and CEO, effective March 15. “The increased focus on health equity in the model is a welcome opportunity for APG members to continue their longstanding work in eliminating health disparities and meeting the needs of people who have been economically or socially marginalized. The model also creates vitally important new opportunities for improving health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and reaching these historically underserved communities. The coalition will play a leading role in working with CMMI to further understand these opportunities and put these exciting innovations in place.”

APG established the APG REACH Coalition in early 2021 to help its members and other organizations prepare for the direct contracting models and to provide a forum for exchanging information and sharing best practices. The Coalition is co-chaired by Rushika Fernandopulle, MD, CEO of Iora Health; Gary Jacobs, Executive Director of the Center for Government Relations and Public Policy at VillageMD; and Valinda Rutledge, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of UpStream Healthcare.

Click here for more information on the APG REACH Coalition.

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About America’s Physician Groups
America’s Physician Groups is a national association representing more than 335 physician groups with approximately 170,000 physicians providing care to nearly 90 million patients. APG’s tagline, ‘Taking Responsibility for America’s Health,’ represents our members’ vision to move from the antiquated, dysfunctional fee-for-service reimbursement system to a clinically integrated, value-based healthcare system where physician groups are accountable for the coordination, cost, and quality of patient care. Visit us at www.apg.org.

Contact: Greg Phillips, APG Director of Communications, 202-770-1901, gphillips@apg.org