USMD Joins Catalyst Health Network Accountable Care Organization

Clinically Integrated Network Empowers Physicians and Patients to Improve North Texans’ Health and Well-Being

Plano, Texas – (Oct. 10, 2017)

Catalyst Health Network, one of the largest clinically integrated networks in the nation, has added USMD Health System to its expanding accountable care organization (ACO) network in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The addition of USMD to Catalyst Health Network will significantly increase the size of the network, bringing together 465 primary care providers (PCPs) in more than 140 locations that serve more than 750,000 patients across North Texas.

The Catalyst Health Network ACO is transforming communities’ health and well-being through enhanced physician-patient relationships based on stronger, more collaborative primary and preventive care. By deploying team-based care management and utilization strategies in conjunction with the PCP, care providers can ensure the patient receives the appropriate care in the appropriate setting for all their health care needs.

“We are privileged to partner with USMD’s care providers, who have a history of strong performance in value-based care. We look forward to working together to empower the physician-patient relationship and transform health care in our communities,” said Christopher Crow, M.D., president of Catalyst Health Network. “The expansion of our accountable care network will ensure patients have access to quality, coordinated care, and strengthen collaborations with stakeholders who believe in value-based care.”

“USMD and Catalyst Health Networks are mutually committed to improving the quality and cost of health care,” said Richard Johnston, M.D., CEO and chief physician officer of USMD Health System, part of WellMed and OptumCare. “By working more collaboratively with local care providers and creating a more connected health care experience, we can help improve patient care and enhance people’s ability to live healthier lives.”

About Catalyst Health Network
Catalyst Health Network is a clinically integrated network of PCPs who have come together to provide high-quality care, helping communities thrive. With 465 primary care providers, 140 office locations, 750,000 patients, and 70 care team members, Catalyst Health Network operates as a non-profit organization improving health, coordinating care, and lowering cost – creating sustainable and predictable value. The network is comprised solely of physician members and managed by StratiFi Health, a physician services and population health organization. For more information, visit or follow @CatalystHN on Twitter.

About USMD
USMD is a physician-led, integrated health system committed to exemplary patient care. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, USMD was acquired in 2016 by WellMed, which is a part of OptumCare, a business of health services leader, Optum. USMD serves the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area with more than 250 physicians and associate practitioners, and provides health care services to patients in more than 20 different specialties at its two hospitals, one cancer treatment center and nearly 50 physician clinics, many of which are multi-specialty. All 27 of USMD’s primary care clinics have been accredited by the Patient Centered Medical Home Program, a recognition program that is part of the National Committee for Quality Assurance. This recognition means that USMD’s primary care clinics successfully display and utilize evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly-coordinated patient care and long-term patient relationships. For more information about USMD, visit

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