Vision Source and Arkansas Health Group Announce New Relationship
Innovative, collaborative eye care will now be offered to AHG patients in Arkansas
KINGWOOD, Texas (June 22, 2015) – North America’s largest, independent optometric alliance Vision Source announced today that it has entered into a relationship with Arkansas Health Group, a Baptist Health affiliate to provide eye health and vision services to their patient base. This arrangement is designed to deliver improved outcomes for the patients of both organizations.
Arkansas Health Group, a division of Baptist Health, is a physician group practice designed to better position physicians for healthcare delivery of the future. As the first organization of its kind in the state, the vision for Arkansas Health Group is to offer cost-effective, quality care and superior clinical outcomes through physician governance, with support of the state's largest healthcare system. Patients, employers, and managed care providers are seeking the cost savings, depth of service and quality care which an integrated healthcare system, such as BAPTIST HEALTH, can provide. As part of this network of care, Arkansas Health Group offers a solid foundation of financial, technical, and professional support for its physician partners including well-staffed and equipped clinics that promote excellent patient care.
“As healthcare systems evolve from the traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model, to one where high performing networks of clinicians collaborate in a seamless manner, the Vision Source network of independent optometrists is becoming an important part of the solution. We are very excited about teaming with Arkansas Health Group’s 48 doctors at 19 locations, as they collaborate with our network of 49 locations and 68 clinicians in Arkansas. Together, we will provide cost-effective care, disease detection and management as we will proactively and successfully manage the health issues that crossover between general practitioners and optometrists,” said Jim Greenwood, President and CEO of Vision Source.
“Joining forces with Vision Source allows us to offer an innovative approach to collaborative care as we make it more accessible to our growing patient base,” says Will Rusher, CEO of Arkansas Health Group. “The Vision Source network of optometric clinicians are some of the most prestigious and innovative in the country and at Arkansas Health Group, this relationship will enable us to further enhance the high-quality, comprehensive care that every patient deserves.”
About Vision Source
Founded in 1991, Vision Source is North America’s largest network of independent optometrists consisting of nearly 4,000 members. The clinicians in the Vision Source network enjoy access to newly evolving patient channels, including an expanding list of leading medical groups and integrated health systems with whom Vision Source optometrists collaborate. Additionally, members benefit from a wide range of innovative technologies, practice management tools, strategic marketing, and unsurpassed purchasing power. Leveraging these tools, the clinicians offer comprehensive eye care to their patients, including the 12 million exams conducted in 2014, delivering an industry leading patient experience. For more information, call 888-558-2020 or visit www.visionsource.com.
About Arkansas Health Group
Arkansas Health Group was established in 1995 as a physician group practice designed to better position physicians for healthcare delivery of the future. Our strategic model for development of new opportunities, systems and products is based upon four initiatives:
•Improving clinical outcomes
•Improving financial performance
•Improving satisfaction (patient, physician and employee.)
Indicators and targets have been developed for each of these areas. Our clients and centralized Management Service Organization’s staff use this model for prioritizing work and focusing all new development activities.
Patients, employers and managed care providers are seeking the cost savings, depth of service and quality care which an integrated healthcare system, such as Baptist Health, can provide. As a part of the network, Arkansas Health Group offers a solid foundation of financial, technical and professional support including well-staffed and equipped clinics that promote excellent patient care. As our network has matured, our services and core competencies have grown also. It is our plan to continue this growth and development in order to meet the needs of the market in the state of Arkansas.