St. Charles, Mosaic partner to boost primary care

Prepping for sharp rise in Medicare, Medicaid patients

BEND, Ore. - Mosaic Medical and St. Charles Health System said Monday they are working together in a new partenrship "to enhance primary care services in Central Oregon as part of their commitment to improving the overall health of the community."

"This innovative partnership is in stride with local, state and national efforts to achieve the Triple Aim goals of better health, better care and better value," the announcement stated.

In a joint news release, the two organizations said they have signed a letter of intent to begin jointly exploring a broad spectrum of initiatives, including:

  • Sharing knowledge as both organizations implement Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) practices to help better coordinate all aspects of a patient's care
  • Joint projects to reduce the number of uninsured in the region by approximately 11,000 in the next few years
  • Exploring the opportunity to have Mosaic's non-profit Federally Qualified Health Centers on the St. Charles Redmond and Mountain View Hospital campuses
  • Creating a robust joint care program to help improve the coordination of primary care for patients who seek non-urgent treatment in the St. Charles Emergency Department and Immediate Care

In addition to a commitment to enhancing the overall health of the community, St. Charles and Mosaic are jointly implementing these initiatives in anticipation of a steep increase in the number of people eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare enrollment in Central Oregon is expected to swell by 16,000 people — and Medicaid, by more than 11,000 — by 2014.

"Mosaic Medical is committed to finding new ways of bringing quality primary care to everyone who needs it in Central Oregon, especially our most vulnerable populations," said Megan Haase, Mosaic's chief executive  officer. "We are looking forward to this increased partnership with St. Charles to benefit our patients and our region."

Making sure patients receive the right care at the right time will help keep them healthy, and contain or drive down their cost of care, said Dr. Jeff Absalon, St. Charles' chief physician executive.

 "St. Charles and Mosaic Medical are well-aligned," he said. "We're both committed to caring for our community and focusing on personal health. We are excited to work together to share our collective expertise as we craft new models for optimal health care delivery."

About Mosaic Medical:

Mosaic Medical is a non-profit healthcare organization with primary care clinics in Prineville, Bend, Madras and soon-to-open in Redmond.  Mosaic Medical proudly serves the insured and uninsured, regardless of age, ethnicity or income.  For more information, please contact Mosaic Medical at 541-383-3005 or see:

About St. Charles Health System:

St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates the St. Charles medical centers in Bend and Redmond, as well as family care clinics in Bend, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. The health system also leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville and provides management services for Mountain View Hospital in Madras.  For more information, see

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