CCAI Press Releases

Johns Hopkins Top Medical Expert Appointed Chief Medical Officer at Family Health Network

Chicago, IL – Dr. Robert Kimball Kritzler has been appointed Family Health Network’s (FHN) new Chief Medical Officer effective Feb. 1st. Prior to accepting the position with FHN, Dr. Kritzler worked for nearly a decade at Johns Hopkins Healthcare (JHHC), a leader in innovative health care solutions and the premiere academic medical center in the nation, as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. As Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kritzler served as a member of the executive leadership group for medical and quality management, which consists of three health plans comprised of JHHC.

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Community Care Alliance of Illinois CEO Presents Personnel Model for Successful Integrated Care to Health Care Executives at National Conference

Integrated care model also emphasizes diverse employee talents

CHICAGO (March 30, 2016) – Robert Currie, President of Community Care Alliance of Illinois, spoke last month at the National Association of Health Services Executives annual conference on cultivating the necessary talent for peak performance of population health organizations.

A long time member of the NAHSE, Currie was asked to present his experience and expertise to a C-Suite session of about 75 CEOs and chief executives. The CCAI coordinated care model is becoming the standard in population health care and the personnel policies that drive the care model are critical to success. Currie discussed hiring and management practices that help make the coordinated care model a success.

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Community Care Alliance of Illinois appoints Anthony “Tony” Gutierrez as Chief Operating Officer

Experienced health plan executive to lead operations at innovative, not-for-profit plan for people with disabilities and seniors on Medicaid and Medicare in IL

CHICAGO (March 3, 2016) – The Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) recently announced the appointment of Mr. Anthony “Tony” Gutierrez as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). Mr. Gutierrez recently served as a consultant with CCAI, a not-for-profit managed care community network that offers Medicaid and Medicare health plans for people with disabilities and seniors. In his new role as COO, he will be responsible for the operations of CCAI and help lead the transformation in how care is provided.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with staff, Members, providers and community partners in order to ensure that we are functioning smoothly and providing outstanding service for all of our stakeholders,” said Mr. Gutierrez, “I am happy to be a part of an organization that is leading the way in providing a Model of Care that allows for health prevention for our Members through accessible health and wellness services, care coordination and timely delivery of care.”

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Illinois Medicaid managed care plan to return up to $5 million in savings to the State of Illinois in 2015

Not-for-profit Community Care Alliance of Illinois first-year performance shows effectiveness of innovative care coordination model for seniors and people with disabilities

CHICAGO (September 9, 2015) – The Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) announced today that it will return up to $5 million in savings to the State of Illinois in 2015 due to its ability to drive quality outcomes and control costs. CCAI also distributed performance incentives to hospitals and other providers for its first full year of operations in 2014. The incentives were based on critical outcome measures such as avoidable hospital admissions, readmissions and Emergency Room visits.

“We are pleased to see our innovative, comprehensive and consumer-informed approach to care demonstrate such positive results in our first full year,” said Jeff Miller, Chairman of the CCAI Board of Trustees. “We are showing how to get managed care right for people with disabilities and seniors, improving health outcomes and saving taxpayers money.”

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Community Care Alliance of Illinois President Robert Currie receives Unsung Heroes Award from health executives

National Association of Health Services Executives promotes development of black health care leaders

CHICAGO (April 30, 2015) – Robert (Bob) Currie, President of the Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) received the Unsung Heroes award last month at the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) Annual Spring Fling, held at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, IL.

Currie heads the innovative not-for-profit Managed Care Community Network providing complete health care services to people with disabilities and seniors covered by Medicaid. It provides care through a system of Anchor Health Homes in Chicago and Rockford. Anchor Health Homes offer enrollees primary medical care, referrals to specialists, and Long-Term Services and Supports to assist with activities of daily living at home and in the community. Anchor Health Homes are fully accessible to people with disabilities with staff that know how to help. CCAI, NFP is the Medicare Advantage plan.

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Community Care Alliance of Illinois brings new level of consumer involvement to Illinois Medicaid managed care

Cross-Disability Stakeholder Forum informs on health care for people with disabilities

CHICAGO (January 22, 2015) – The Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) announces the formation of its Stakeholder Forum to inform and guide the provision of health care to people with disabilities. The Stakeholder Forum represents a groundbreaking step in developing a Model of Care that meets and exceeds the needs and expectations of consumers with complex health care needs. Forum representatives will use this opportunity to serve as a voice for Enrollees with disabilities and to address their needs and concerns.

The Forum is composed of representatives from four categories of disability: physical disability, sensory impairment (deaf, blind), mental health, and cognitive disability. The Stakeholder Forum, not required under state law, will complement the mandated Enrollee Advisory Committee, composed exclusively of CCAI plan Enrollees.

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Community Care Alliance of Illinois President Robert Currie presents innovative plan for people with disabilities on Medicaid

Consumer-led model key to making managed care work for people with disabilities  

CHICAGO (December 17,2014) – In a presentation at the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) President Robert Currie said that consumer involvement and control is essential to making managed care plans work for people with disabilities.

When working with providers, the experiences of people with disabilities in the health care system serves as an untapped resource. Listening to them helps to provide care that makes sense, Currie said.

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Swedish Covenant Hospital opens Anchor Health Home for people with disabilities and seniors

Not-for-profit Community Care Alliance of Illinois offers comprehensive care for seniors and people with disabilities on Medicaid 

CHICAGO (September 22, 2014) - The Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) is pleased to announce the opening of its Anchor Health Home at Swedish Covenant Hospital. CCAI is a not-for-profit Managed Care Community Network providing complete health care services to people with disabilities and seniors covered by Medicaid. CCAI provides care through a system of Anchor Health Homes in Chicago and Rockford. Anchor Health Homes offer Enrollees primary medical care, referral to specialists, and long-term services and supports to assist with activities of daily living at home and in the community. Anchor Health Homes are fully accessible to people with disabilities with staff that know how to help. CCAI is also a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Community Care Alliance of Illinois appoints Robert Currie as President

Veteran health plan executive takes helm at innovative, not-for-profit plan for people with disabilities and seniors on Medicaid and Medicare

CHICAGO (September 15, 2014) – The Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) announced today the appointment of Mr. Robert Currie as its new President. Mr. Currie previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Aetna Better Health of Illinois. He is a current resident of Chicago.

Mr. Currie will be bringing 36 years of experience in managed health care to the leadership of CCAI, a not-for-profit managed care community network for people with disabilities and seniors on Medicaid. CCAI, NFP also provides a Medicare Advantage Plan. The CCAI Model of Care is redefining how managed care works for people with disabilities, delivering comprehensive care and support to foster greater independence, better health and more fulfilling lives.

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Community Care Alliance of Illinois Launches New Health Care Network for Medicaid Recipients in Rockford Area

Groundbreaking model will provide comprehensive, person-centered health care for people with disabilities and seniors  

ROCKFORD (July 29, 2013) – The Community Care Alliance of Illinois (CCAI) today announced its entry into the Rockford area to provide comprehensive health care and wellness services to people with disabilities and seniors covered by Medicaid. CCAI is a nonprofit Managed Care Community Network (MCCN). Voluntary enrollment for people with disabilities and seniors on Medicaid began on July 1, 2013.

CCAI was selected by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to provide integrated care for people with disabilities covered by Medicaid. The Integrated Care Program (ICP) is one of the programs developed by the state to help reach their goal of having 50 percent of all Medicaid recipients enrolled in care coordination by 2015, as required by law. CCAI is the only nonprofit managed care organization participating in the ICP. CCAI assumes the risk in providing quality health outcomes. As there are no profits, all revenue goes to providing more benefits to network members.

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Community Care Alliance of Illinois Awarded "Innovations" Contract

CHICAGO (October 31, 2012) – Community Care Alliance of IL (CCAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Family Health Network (FHN) in Chicago, was recently awarded an “Innovations Solicitation for Care Coordination Models for Seniors and Adults with Disabilities” contract by the IL Department of Healthcare and Family Services. The newly formed, not-for-profit managed care community network (MCCN) with offices in Chicago’s West Loop, was chosen from among 20 bidders and 74 organizations that would form provider-based networks to provide care coordination services to seniors and adults with disabilities.

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