News & Announcements
Dr. Robert Kolock, a former Medical Director with Healthways in Columbia, Maryland, has joined Summit Health Solutions as Medical Director.
Dr. Kolock is responsible for supervising the care of more than 35,000 Medical Fee-for-Service beneficiaries through Summit Medical Group’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Summit Health Solutions, which is the largest in the state of Tennessee.
In addition to Healthways, Dr. Kolock has served in the Chief Medical Director role for Nationwide Better Health in Maryland and Health Management Corporation, Aetna Health Plans and Prudential Healthcare in Richmond, Virginia. He also served as Medical Director for Healthcare Services R&D SmithKline Beecham in Philadelphia.
Dr. Kolock is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship and residency at Georgetown University Hospital. He is a board certified internal medicine physician.
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Kimberly Kauffman, a former Executive Director with Physicians’ Care Network based in Gainesville, Florida, has been named Executive Director for the largest Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Tennessee, Summit Health Solutions.
Kauffman is responsible for coordinating the operational aspect of services for more than 35,000 Medical Fee-for-Service beneficiaries through Summit Health Solutions, which is owned by Summit Medical Group.
She also served as Vice President for Operations of Senior Healthcare Centers for Healthcare Plus Financial, supporting ten hospitals in the southeast. Ms. Kauffman was the Provider Relations Director for the North Florida Regional Medical Center PHO in Gainesville, Florida.
Ms Kauffman received her Master’s from the College of Public Health at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on July 9th the approval of Knoxville-based Summit Health Solutions as an Accountable Care Organization by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services. Summit Medical Group physicians treat 300,000 patients in 10 East Tennessee Counties.
- Summit was one of 89 organizations whose approval was announced on July 9th by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. As of July 1, these new ACOs began serving 1.2 million people with Medicare in 40 states and Washington, D.C. Summit is one of only five ACOs in Tennessee, the only one in the Knoxville region and the largest, with 35,755 Medicare beneficiaries. Three ACOs were approved in Nashville, caring for a combined 35,611 patients and one ACO was approved in Johnson City.
- The formation of Summit Health Solutions will add about 40 jobs to the Knoxville economy. Most of those positions will comprise care managers, who are health professionals who coordinate the medical care of the Medicare patients.
- What is an ACO?
- ACOs are groups of doctors and other health care providers who voluntarily work together with Medicare to give you high quality service and care at the right time in the right setting..
- Your doctor has agreed to participate in a Medicare Shared Savings ACO and to work closely with other doctors and health care providers in the ACO to coordinate care for Medicare beneficiaries, like yourself, who have traditional Medicare.
- The ACO may share in any savings that result from providing you with high quality and more coordinated care.
- The Accountable Care Organization program is part of the Medicare Shared Savings program, which was authorized by the Affordable Care Act, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28.
Additional Information: CMS press release announcing the 89 new Accountable Care Organizations Summit Medical Group
Please contact Summit Health Solutions for more information: Phone: 865-212-0116 or SHSinfo@summithealthcare.com