Community Care Alliance - CCA
Just as the specter of managed care contracting resulted in 'merger-mania" among hospitals nation-wide in the mid 1990s, so too did community health centers form networks to improve their leverage in negotiating insurance contracts and enhanced patient care coordination.
In 1997, Community Care Alliance, LLC formed a partnership among the seven community health centers affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). Community Care Alliance (CCA) members perceived value in not only being part of a larger contracting unit (the Beth Israel Deaconess Physicians Organization) but also in realizing synergies from collaborative clinical and administrative sharing. Networks of community health centers were increasingly encouraged by the federal government's Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - the same agency that funds Section 330 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) - and CCA received HRSA funding and recognition as one of two Health Center Controlled Networks in Massachusetts.