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What is the St. Vincent’s Physician Alliance

The St. Vincent’s Physician Alliance (STVPA) is an effort among physicians who practice in St. Vincent’s Health System (STVHS) to become clinically integrated. St. Vincent's consists of five acute care hospitals (Birmingham, Blount, Chilton, East, and St. Clair), One Nineteen Health and Wellness, 100+ outpatient sites, and a home healthcare company. Comprised of almost 600 physicians representing over 50 specialties and subspecialties, the Physician Alliance strives to:

• Improve the health and wellbeing of our community
• Provide person-centered care
• Control costs to create health care value
• Enhance caregiver engagement and satisfaction

Healthcare costs have been increasing exponentially over the past three decades, currently accounting for almost 18% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. This has placed a considerable cost burden on employers and workers, strained state and federal budgets, and created an intense focus on health spending and affordability. Much of health reform is geared toward slowing these escalating cost trends. Moreover, there is wide agreement among leaders of public health that the financial incentives for providing care must be more appropriately aligned. click to continue reading

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