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Stratum Welcomes Wilmington Health as Shareholder

Stratum is excited to welcome Esse Health (St. Louis, MO) as one of our Shareholders.

One of the largest independent primary care groups in the Midwest, Esse Health is spread throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Esse’s physicians cover a range of specialities, including Asthma, Allergy, & Immunology, Family Medicine, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Nutrition, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Radiology, and Urology.

For more information, please visit their website.

Stratum Med Announces Partnership with Healthcare Payments Provider CommerceHealthcare

Researchers at the University of Illinois, including tech-based companies like TekMill and Carle, one of Stratum’s Shareholders, have developed a new prototype, called the Illinois RapidVent emergency ventilator in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A nationwide shortage of commercial ventilators sparked inspiration for this project, which was reportedly developed in less than a week.

Chief Medical Officer at Carle, Dr. Charles Dennis, spoke to the cost-effectiveness of the device, as each unit is expected to cost as low as $100. With the suspected surge of COVID-19 pattens in the region in the near future, this device can act as an inexpensive game-changer in triage and during the transportation of patients.

We are very proud of how members of our local community here in Champaign had the capability to come together so quickly to find a solution for this problem. In addition, researchers behind the project are offering the schematic to others royalty-free, meaning they are not looking to directly profit from their achievements during this time of crisis. This generosity highlights their commitment to banding together during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to work towards a better, healthier world.

For more information, please visit these articles below:

University of Illinois Research Park Press Release:

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Carle Press Release:

Stratum’s 2019 Year in Review

Stratum is pleased to welcome Union Health/Union Medical Group (Terre Haute, IN) as one of our Shareholders.

Union Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty provider group in the Wabash Valley and is an integral part of Union Health system that also includes Union Hospital in Terre Haute and Union Hospital Clinton. Union Medical Group (formerly UAP Clinic and AP&S Clinic) has provided quality healthcare in the Wabash Valley for more than 100 years.

Today, Union Medical Group consists of over 130 providers in 20 specialties practicing at multiple locations throughout western Indiana and eastern Illinois. Union Health/Union Medical Group continues to meet the area’s current and emerging health needs.

For more information, please visit their website.

Stratum Welcomes The Mankato Clinic as Shareholder

Stratum is pleased to announce that Dashun Monk has accepted the Chief Financial Officer position with Hutchinson Clinic. Dashun is originally from Los Angeles and worked for a variety of healthcare organizations including Providence Health System. Most recently, Dashun was the CFO at Medical Associates in Clinton, Iowa. Dashun began his position at Hutchinson Clinic on July 15th.

Carle – Vice President, Revenue Cycle Operations

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 23, 2019 – Caravan Health, the nation’s leader in accountable care, today announced that a consortium of seven high-performing physician groups formed a new Pathways to Success accountable care organization (ACO) named Stratum Med ACO, under the company’s collaborative ACO model, effective July 1.

Stratum Med is a collaborative alliance of physician led groups and organizations. Seven of its key members have come together to form the Stratum Med ACO in partnership with Caravan Health. Inaugural participants include Carle Foundation Hospital based in Champaign, IL; Christie Clinic in Champaign, IL; Confluence Health in Wenatchee, WA; Hutchinson Clinic in Hutchinson, KS; Jefferson City Medical Group in Jefferson City, MO; McFarland Clinic in Ames, IA; and The Iowa Clinic in West Des Moines, IA.

 “Our ACO is made up of high-performing, like-minded, physician-led organizations with a demonstrated history of success in the markets we individually serve,” said Andrew Perry, CEO, McFarland Clinic in Ames, IA and Board Chair, Stratum Med. “Over the past 15 to 20 years, our groups have established a deep understanding and a sustained level of trust with one another and we are excited to collaborate on a broader, national scale utilizing our skills in managing risk.” 

The collaborative Stratum Med ACO will strengthen the connection between these physician-driven organizations while providing a platform to continue success in value-based payment. They can earn a greater percent of shared savings while taking more accountability for the cost of their patient care as they move into risk. This new organization includes some of the strongest performing physician practices nationwide, ranging from independent midsize physician groups to large integrated health systems.

“These high performers have chosen to be among the first to dive into the exciting new world of Pathways to Success,” said Lynn Barr, founder of Caravan Health. “By following our proven methodology, we’re helping these physician groups better serve their patients with the tools and the confidence to improve care, quality outcomes, and generate shared savings.”

Caravan Health’s methodology brings together independent community health systems to form larger ACOs that can overcome random statistical variation, which can skew the financial results of ACOs, even if they are doing the hard work of practice transformation. By joining together into collaborative ACOs, the independent providers will gain the benefits of scale to confidently move into risk-based payment while maintaining their autonomy.

“We believe our history and pre-existing partnerships, combined with Caravan’s proven methodology, really differentiates the Stratum Med ACO from others in the country and positions us to be very effective and successful in driving quality, cost effective care,” added David Zielke, CFO, The Iowa Clinic in West Des Moines, IA and Board Chair, Stratum Med ACO.

Early in 2019, Caravan Health launched the largest Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO to date with more than 220,000 lives. This new Pathways to Success ACO builds on that foundation and helps Caravan Health partners bring better care to over 625,000 attributed Medicare beneficiaries. Caravan-affiliated ACOs lead the nation in quality and savings. In 2017, Caravan ACOs saved Medicare $54 million and achieved an average of 94 percent in quality.

About Caravan Health: Caravan Health is the national leader of successful accountable care and population health programs for community health systems. Caravan Health works with more than 250 health systems, 25,000 providers, and hundreds of thousands of patient lives to drive quality, financial benefits, and strong physician relationships in accountable care organizations. For more information visit

About Stratum Med:  Stratum Med, incorporated in 1996, is a collaborative alliance of physician-owned and health system-employed physician groups that have come together to drive value, leverage cost savings through aggregation and to provide a platform for networking and shared learning. Overall, Stratum Med engages with 14 shareholder groups and over 80 client groups, representing over 11,000 physicians and providers across the country.  For more information visit