PAMED and Highmark Leaders Discuss Highmark’s New Partnership with Penn State Health

Last Updated: Dec 21, 2017

On Dec. 15, 2017, Highmark Health and Penn State Health announced their plans to enter into a strategic partnership.

Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) President Theodore Christopher, MD, FACEP, Jaan Sidorov, MD, CEO & President of The Care Centered Collaborative at PAMED (The Collaborative), and Highmark Chief Medical Officer Charles DeShazer, MD, met by conference call on Dec. 18, 2017, to discuss the partnership between Penn State Health and Highmark Health.  

Dr. DeShazer stressed that independent community physicians will be a foundational part of the Penn State and Highmark Health approach to community-based care. He also emphasized that the strategic partnership will not affect patients' care or insurance coverage.

In addition to discussing the newly formed partnership, Highmark discussed the desire to communicate with PAMED members in the southcentral region of Pennsylvania. They mentioned possible programs to assist physicians transitioning to a value-based world. PAMED and The Collaborative will work to learn more about these potential programs and opportunities.

PAMED does not have a position regarding the announced partnership. We represent physicians from all specialties and practice types, and our mission is to advance quality patient care and the ethical practice of medicine, and to advocate for patients in Pennsylvania. To that end, we will continue to take advantage of opportunities to participate in the conversation, so that we can help ensure that patients retain access to quality care. We appreciate Highmark's interest in hearing the physician perspective.

For more details on the announced partnership, check out this Central Penn Business Journal article here.

About The Care Centered Collaborative at PAMED

The model of using independent, community-based physicians is at the heart of the PAMED strategy to support value-based care in Pennsylvania. With this in mind, PAMED created The Collaborative to enable value-based collaboration and contracting among physician-led practices and networks. The Collaborative's tools, resources, and expertise are actively being deployed across the state to help physicians achieve the highest levels of patient-centered outcomes.

The Collaborative works with physicians and their practices to navigate and succeed amidst the value-based transition and offers resources such as:

  • A MIPS reporting program that has helped several hundred practices across the state
  • Financial management services
  • Population health capabilities

Visit The Collaborative online at Questions on The Collaborative and how to take advantage of its tools and resources? Contact Anita Brazill at (570) 702-1152 or

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