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Public Reporting

Pioneer Health Alliance is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Pioneer Health Alliance brings together physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals with the goal of delivering patient-centered care that improves the patient’s quality of care, experience, and satisfaction, improves the overall health of the population and reduces the total cost of health care without compromising quality and outcomes.

This page provides information to Medicare beneficiaries regarding our participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and is posted to comply with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Public Reporting Guidelines.

Pioneer Health Alliance

1314 19th Avenue
Meridian, MS 39301

ACO Primary Contact

Melissa Mitchell, MSN, RN
Melissa.mitchell@rushhealth.com
601-703-4974

Organizational Information

ACO Participants

Independent Healthcare Management, Inc.
Medicomp, Inc.
Pioneer Health Services of Monroe County, Inc.
Pioneer Health Services of Early County, LLC
Pioneer Health Services of Patrick County, Inc.
Forest Family Practice Clinic PA
Patrick County Family Practice, P.C.
Kemper CAH, Inc.
Laird Hospital, Inc.
Medical Foundation, Inc.
Riverside Medical Center
Rush Care, Inc.
Rush Home Care, Inc.
Rush Hospital Butler, Inc.
Rush Medical Foundation
Rush Medical Group of Newton, PA
Scott Regional Medical Center, Inc.
Physician’s Care of Thomasville, Thomasville, AL
Jackson Medical Center, Jackson, AL
Evergreen Medical Center, Evergreen, AL

No participants are involved in a joint venture between ACO professionals and hospitals.

ACO Board of Managers

Andrew Dugger, Board Member, Medicomp, Inc.
Ginger Cushing, Board Member, Pioneer Health Services of Early County, LLC.
Jeanette Filpi, Board Member, Pioneer Health Services of Patrick County, Inc.
Chris Chandler, Board Member, Pioneer Health Services of Monroe County, Inc.
Dale Armour, Acting Chair, Rush Medical Foundation
Lance Brent, Board Member, Rush Medical Foundation
Larkin Kennedy, Board Member, Rush Medical Foundation
Pete Sullivan, Board Member, Riverside Medical Center
Dr. Richard Cole, Board Member, Patrick County Family Practice, P.C.
Sydney Sawyer, Board Member, Independent Healthcare Management, Inc.
Jennifer James, Medicare Beneficiary, N/A
David Malloy, Chief Medical Officer, Rural Solutions
Tom McClendon, Board Member, Evergreen Medical Center
Amy Gibson, Board Member, Jackson Medical Center
Huey Kidd, Board Member, Physician’s Care Of Thomasville
Melissa Mitchell, Board Member, Rural Solutions

ACO Officers

  • ACO Manager: Melissa Sawyer
  • Chief Medical Officer: David Mallory, MD
  • Chief Financial Officer: Chris Rush
  • Quality Improvement Officer: Kim Lee, RN
  • Care Coordination Officer: Kim Lee, RN
  • Compliance Officer: Jason Strickland

ACO Committees and ACO Committee Leadership

Finance Committee – Chris Rush (Chairperson) & Participant CFOs
ACO Performance Committee – Kim Lee, RN (Chairperson) & Participant Quality Improvement Contacts
Compliance Committee – Jason Strickland (Chairperson) & Participant Compliance Contacts

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

  • Partnerships or joint venture arrangements between hospitals and ACO professionals
  • Hospital employing ACO professionals
  • Critical Access Hospital (CAH) billing under Method II
  • Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
  • Rural Health Clinic (RHC)

Shared Savings and Losses 

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • Agreement period beginning 2015, Performance Year 2015: $0

Shared Savings Distribution

  • Agreement period beginning 2015, Performance Year 2015
    • Reinvest in infrastructure (60%)
    • Distribution to ACO Participants (40%)
    • Primary Care Professionals:
      Allocation to primary care providers and specialists is determined by each ACO Participant and its employed or affiliated ACO Professionals.

Payment Rule Waivers

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

Quality Performance Results

  • See 2015 Quality Performance Results here.