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Wellforce and its provider organizations in partnership with Fallon Health, will offer a new managed care option—Wellforce Care Plan—for MassHealth members. The creation of Wellforce Care Plan is part of the state’s reform of MassHealth to include Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) in which physicians, hospitals, insurers and other health care providers work together to provide integrated care with the goals of improving health outcomes and containing costs. 

Effective March 1, 2018, MassHealth members identified by the Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS) as being a patient of certain primary care providers (PCP) at Lowell Community Health CenterNew England Quality Care AllianceTufts Medical CenterHallmark Health, and Circle Health (Lowell PHO) will be enrolled in Wellforce Care Plan. MassHealth is a state-administered Medicaid program—funded by the state and federal governments—that provides health care to eligible people who need health coverage.

“With our experience providing integrated care through other government programs, Fallon Health is perfectly positioned to provide care under the ACO model,” said Richard Burke, President & CEO of Fallon Health, referring to Fallon Health’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) – Summit ElderCare – and Senior Care Options/Special Needs Plan –NaviCare. “We believe this approach will help reduce fragmented care, improve health outcomes and contain costs.”

“We’re pleased to partner with the many outstanding providers that make up Wellforce to provide high-quality, highly coordinated care,” he added.

A key component of ACOs like Wellforce Care Plan is the utilization of community-based health and social service organizations to improve behavioral health care, put in place long-term supports and address health-related social needs—all of which contribute to better health outcomes.

“When Tufts Medical Center, Circle Health and Hallmark Health joined together as Wellforce, we made a commitment to helping the state lower health care costs and to enhancing the services and care we provide in our communities. The Wellforce Care Plan furthers that mission. I know our patients will benefit greatly from this partnership with Fallon Health and the Commonwealth,” said Norm Deschene, CEO, Wellforce

To enroll in Wellforce Care Plan, individuals must live in the Wellforce Care Plan service area, which includes the Merrimack Valley, the North Shore, and parts of Boston and the South Shore. More information about Wellforce Care Plan will be available in the fall at fallonhealth.org/wellforce.

Hallmark Health and Tufts Medical Center have established a new neurosurgery program at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital to bring advanced care and services to the community. Fellowship-trained neurosurgeon Mina G. Safain, MD, has been jointly hired by Hallmark Health and Tufts Medical Center to lead the new program. He will provide care at both Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

The neurosurgery program is an example of clinical integration of services between Hallmark Health and Tufts Medical Center since Hallmark Health joined Wellforce as a third founding member this past January. At that time, leaders from the organizations discussed finding ways to bring specialized care traditionally performed at academic medical centers into the community hospital setting for the benefit and convenience of patients.

“Offering neurosurgery provides a service for our patients that few community hospitals can offer,” said Steven Sbardella, MD, chief medical officer at Hallmark Health. “Our clinical relationship with Tufts Medical Center enables us to bring more highly specialized care options to our patients.”

“We are extremely excited to work with the physicians at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and look forward to increasing the services available to care for patients with neurologic diseases,” said Carl Heilman, MD, neurosurgeon-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center. “Dr. Safain is an exceptionally talented and compassionate neurosurgeon and the perfect person to spearhead the launch of this new program.”

Dr. Safain’s clinical interests include all diseases affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system.  He has specific interests in minimal access procedures for degenerative, infectious and oncologic spine disorders, as well as minimally invasive treatments for brain tumors, including neuro-endoscopy.

 “The opportunity to practice in the community is very important to me,” said Dr. Safain. “I look forward to working with the esteemed staff and providers at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital and treating the patients in the surrounding communities.”

“Welcoming such a highly-respected neurosurgeon as Mina Safain to our team is a tremendous benefit for our communities and patients across our system including Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital,” said Dr. Sbardella.

Dr. Safain, together with Ran Ku, PA, a neurosurgery physician assistant with more than 12 years of experience, will provide neurosurgery coverage and expertise five days a week.

Dr. Safain received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine.  He completed his neurosurgery residency at Tufts Medical Center serving as chief resident during his final year.  Dr. Safain also completed fellowship training in pituitary and neuro-endoscopic surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Safain has published and presented nationally on a range of topics related to neurosurgical diseases and minimally invasive treatments for brain tumors.  

Matthew Brown, MD, a well-known board-certified, general surgeon, has joined Hallmark Health Medical Associates.

Dr. Brown’s clinical interests include complex abdominal wall reconstructions, surgical management of the thyroid and parathyroid, breast and endocrine surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

He received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and completed his general surgical residency at the University of New Mexico Hospital. While in New Mexico, he also served as a Major in the US Air Force providing surgical care at Kirtland Air Force Base.

This is a return to Hallmark Health for Dr. Brown, who served as an attending general surgeon at Melrose-Wakefield and Lawrence Memorial Hospitals earlier in his career. He spent the past seven years practicing at Commonwealth Surgical Associates in Stoneham.

Dr. Brown is associate chairman of the Department of Surgery at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He will also oversee the Tufts Medical Center surgical residency program at Hallmark Health. First and third year residents will participate in the program.

Dr. Brown practices at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 781-620-4890.

Amy Devlin, MD, a board-certified rheumatologist, has joined the Hallmark Health Medical Associates. She will practice at Hallmark Health Medical Center, 30 New Crossing Road, in Reading.

Dr. Devlin helps diagnose and treat a wide variety of inflammatory and autoimmune musculoskeletal diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, Lyme disease, ankylosing spondylitis, lupus and others.

She received her medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and completed her internal medicine residency training and rheumatology fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  

Dr. Devlin has published several studies and book chapters on rheumatologic diseases and is an active member in the American College of Rheumatology.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 781-620-4892.

Laurence Brinckerhoff, M.D., chief of thoracic surgery at Tufts Medical Center, has joined the clinical team at Hallmark Health Cancer Center in Stoneham, Mass.

Dr. Brinckerhoff’s clinical interests include advanced treatment modalities for lung cancer, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, clinical trials and tumor immunology.

He received his medical degree from Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. He completed his surgical residency at University of Virginia Health System, as well as a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Colorado.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Brinckerhoff to our cancer center,” said Joseph Pennacchio, MD, medical oncologist and director of the Hallmark Health Cancer Center. “He is one of the leading thoracic surgeons in the Boston area and he brings tremendous expertise in the surgical treatment of lung and other thoracic cancers. Our collaboration with Tufts Medical Center physicians, through our Wellforce relationship, allows our patients to receive expert specialty care close to home.”

Dr. Brinckerhoff has published and presented nationally on a range of topics related to lung cancer, minimally invasive thoracic surgery and other cancers. He is an associate professor of surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he has received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

In January 2017 Hallmark Health became a founding member of Wellforce, along with Tufts Medical Center and Circle Health/Lowell General Hospital. As a member of Wellforce, Hallmark Health is able to provide greater access to services and academic medicine and support the full continuum of care in the most appropriate setting for patients.

For more information or to make an appointment at his office at 41 Montvale Ave., in Stoneham, please call 781-224-5875.

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