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A partnership aimed at improving onsite value-based care for senior living residents is assembling an ecosystem of care and technologies to improve resident outcomes and increase occupancy.

Serviam Care Network — which has the backing of multiple senior living operators and aims to improve resident experience, healthcare outcomes and care costs — on Monday announced a partnership with Curana Health, a value-based clinical care company, to offer senior living organizations the infrastructure and tools necessary to improve onsite care for residents.

Together, they created the Value Based Care Alliance to provide the infrastructure, services and scale senior living operators need to provide value-based care. The alliance — a coalition of senior living operators and care teams, including primary care physicians, therapists, technology partners and a payer — are focused on delivering better health outcomes at a lower cost, according to Serviam CEO Tim Donnelly. 

Serviam’s network includes 20 senior living operators across 40 states, including a total of more than 600 communities. Curana Health has partnered with more than 1,000 senior living communities, including assisted living and life plan / continuing care retirement communities, on senior care delivery, including as an operator of AllyAlign Health, a Medicare Advantage plan.

Donnelly told McKnight’s Senior Living that the alliance is prioritizing where it can have the scale and density to deliver a value-based care program. The alliance initially will focus on Virginia, where there are approximately 40 senior living communities within its network of 20 senior living operators. The alliance has identified another 100 to 120 communities to target for enrollment. 

“Our goal is to enroll as many of the residents into this care plan as possible,” Donnelly said. “The deliverables for the resident who signs up to be part of the I-SNP plan [institutional special needs plan] will have access to on-site primary care physicians, therapists and anyone else on the care team.”

Residents and operators, he said, will benefit from the service-based amenities provided at no cost, including artificial intelligence fall detection technology provided through SafelyYou. Donnelly added that including Curana Health — as a payer that has an accountable care organization it can bring to the table — provides care coordination for operators. 

“When you are able to do things like this, you’re going to improve resident satisfaction and, ultimately, extend the stay of those residents within your building,” Donnelly said. “The goal of the Value Based Care Alliance is to keep residents, or get them to a higher path journey, and that will eventually allow them to get incentivized by the payer and to grow their occupancy.”

Curana Health Medical Group President Chris Dawe will join the Serviam Board of Directors to help steer the organization’s value-based care approach to aging and senior living.

“We are stuck in a reactionary, sick-care system. Our seniors deserve better,” Donnelly said in a statement. “The value-based care model will help seniors maintain the highest possible level of wellness, instead of waiting until they get sick to provide care, which is often more complex and expensive.”