TAMPA, Fla., January 7, 2019 -- Caravan Health, Tampa General Hospital
(TGH), and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine have formed a new
partnership to strengthen health care for the Tampa Bay community.
The partnership will also include Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG), Florida
Urology Partners, and other private physician groups.
(Tampa General Hospital Exterior with USF Medical Building taken from Davis Islands bridge)
With more than 600 physicians serving Medicare patients, these organizations will
come together as a Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) to provide
coordinated, high-quality health care and greater cost efficiency.
"I'm excited to strengthen our relationship with USF Health and look forward to the
benefits that this partnership, in collaboration with our private practice physicians,
will bring our patients and our community," said TGH President and CEO John
Couris. "Caravan Health has demonstrated success in the Medicare ACO arena and
can help us work together to support investments in primary care and our aligned
"Our USF Health providers are ready to provide the necessary clinical input to
ensure strong population health. Working with Caravan Health will help us develop
the skills to make the most of value-based Medicare payment," said Charles J.
Lockwood, MD, dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and senior vice
president for USF Health.
"Private physicians at Tampa General welcome the opportunity to collaborate with
Tampa General and USF Health to bring top-quality health care to our patients in a
smooth and efficient way," said Dr. Ravi Bukkapatnam, president of Florida Urology
Partners and TGH's former chief of staff. "We appreciate that Caravan Health is
helping to strengthen our partnership and the care that we deliver."
Caravan Health is the leading population health management company for
community health systems. In 2017, Caravan Health ACOs surpassed nationwide
ACO performance with total savings of over $54 million and quality scores of 94
percent. Along with these savings for the Medicare program, Caravan Health ACOs
earned shared savings of more than $15 million.
"We are honored to work with the highly talented clinical and administrative
teams at Tampa General Hospital and USF Health. This partnership is the key to
high quality care, strong physician relationships, and measurable cost savings," said
Lynn Barr, Caravan Health CEO and founder.