ACO Name and Location:

Physician Quality Partners
2131 South 17th Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

ACO Primary Contact:

Lydia Newman, MPP
Lydia.Newman@nhrmc.org
(910) 667-7640

Organizational Information:

ACO Participants

ACO participants in joint ventures between ACO professionals and hospitals (annotated by asterik [*])

ACO Governing Body

  • Dr. Janalynn F. Beste, Voting Member and Chair, ACO Participant Representative, Coastal Family Medicine
  • Dr. Philip Brown, Voting Member, ACO Participant Representative, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Mr. John Gizdic, Voting Member, ACO Participant Representative, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Dr. Andre J. Leonard, Voting Member, ACO Participant Representative, Intracoastal Internal Medicine
  • Dr. Charmaine A. Lewis, Voting Member, ACO Participant Representative, New Hanover Regional Hospitalists - NHRMC Physician Group
  • Dr. William T. Smith, Voting Member, ACO Participant Representative, Cape Fear Heart Associates - NHRMC Physician Group
  • Mr. David B. Sims Jr., Voting Member, Medicare Beneficiary Representative 

Key ACO Clinical and Administrative Leadership

  • ACO Executive: Lydia Newman, Executive Director of Physician Quality Partners
  • ACO Medical Director: Amy Messier, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
  • Compliance Official: Lydia Newman 

Associated committees and committee leadership:

  • Nominating Committee: Janalynn F. Beste, MD, Chair
  • Operating Committee: Charin L. Hanlon, MD, Chair
  • Compliance and Audit Committee: William T. Smith, MD, Chair 

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

  • A hospital employing ACO professionals
  • Partnerships or joint venture arrangements between hospitals and ACO professionals 

Shared Savings and Losses

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • To be completed at the conclusion of the performance year 

Shared Savings Distribution

  • To be completed at the conclusion of the performance year 

Payment Rule Waivers

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

Quality Performance Results

  • To be completed at the conclusion of the performance year

Innovative Partnerships Asserting Waiver Protection

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has provided waivers of certain laws that may otherwise limit innovation by ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program ("MSSP") (see "Final Waivers in Connection with the Shared Savings Program" 76 Fed. Reg. 67,992, Nov 2, 2011; as extended by 79 Fed. Reg. 63,256, Oct 17, 2014) ("Interim Final Rule"). Pursuant to the Interim Final Rule, Physician Quality Partners, LLC (PQP) seeks waiver protection for the arrangement described below:

PQP and New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) have entered into a Hospital Quality and Efficiency Program (HQEP) with the participation of certain members of the NHRMC medical staff in the orthopedic and spine service lines, pursuant to which NHRMC will provide compensation to be paid to PQP, which will in turn distribute a portion of such compensation to participating physicians as performance compensation for achieving certain performance targets which become applicable after achieving certain quality gates, both of which contain defined thresholds of quality and efficiency.