Public Reporting


ACO Public Reporting

In accordance with guidelines set in place by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, our ACO — the HealthCare Partners of the North Country — makes the following performance data available to the public. For general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, please visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

public reportingACO Name and Location:
HealthCare Partners of the North Country, LLC.
Previous Names: N/A
120 Washington St., Suite 230
Watertown, NY 13601

ACO Primary Contact:
Laura Yott
315-755-2020 ext. 32
lyott@northcountryinitiative.org


Organizational Information:

ACO participants:

  • Carthage Area Hospital, Inc.
  • Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Claxton Medical, P.C.
  • Clifton Fine Health Care Corporation
  • Family Medicine of Carthage, P.C.
  • Karen A. Williams, M.D., P.C.
  • Lowville Medical Associates, LLP
  • North Country Family Health Center, Inc.
  • Ogdensburg Family Practice, LLC
  • River Hospital, Inc.
  • Samaritan Medical Center
  • Samaritan Medical Practice, P.C.
  • Town of Massena DBA Massena Memorial Hospital
  • Watertown Internists, P.C.

*No participants are involved in a joint venture between ACO professionals and hospitals.

ACO Governing Body:

  • Collins Kellogg, MD: Chairman, Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Watertown Internists, P.C.
  • Jack Rush, MD: Vice-Chairman, Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Samaritan Medical Center
  • David Rechlin, DO: Secretary, Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Samaritan Medical Center
  • Emily Mastaler: Treasurer, Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, River Hospital, Inc.
  • Jason White, MD: Assistant Treasurer, Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Watertown Internists, P.C.
  • Mario Victoria, MD: Compliance Officer, Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Samaritan Medical Center
  • Steve Lyndaker, MD: Medical Director, Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Lowville Medical Associates, LLP
  • Karen Williams, MD: Medical DirectorVoting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Karen A. Williams, M.D., P.C.
  • Amanda Rydberg, PA: Medical DirectorVoting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, River Hospital, Inc.
  • Thomas Carman: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Samaritan Medical Center
  • Richard Duvall: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Carthage Area Hospital, Inc.
  • Jeanne Emery, PsyD: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, North Country Family Health Center, Inc.
  • David Bender: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Town of Massena
  • TBD, MD/DO: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Carthage Area Hospital, Inc.
  • David Flint, MD: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Samaritan Medical Center
  • Bradley Frey, RPA: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, River Hospital, Inc.
  • TBD: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Michael Gordon, MD: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Carthage Area Hospital, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Perrine, FNP: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Carthage Area Hospital, Inc.
  • Katherine Richey, FNP: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • Dierdra Sorrell: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Clifton-Fine Health Care Corporation
  • Michael Seidman, MD: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center
  • TBD, MD: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Clifton-Fine Health Care Corporation
  • TBD, MD/DO: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, Town of Massena
  • TBD, MD/DO: Voting Member (1 vote), ACO Participant Representative, TBD
  • John Slattery: Medicare Beneficiary Representative (1 vote), N/A

Key ACO Clinical & Administrative Leadership:

  • ACO Executive: Joanna Loomis
  • Medical Director: Steve Lyndaker, MD
  • Compliance Officer: Tom Zecher
  • Quality Assurance/Improvement Officer: Jeff Bazinet

Associated Committees and Committee Leadership:

  • HIT Governance Committee: Jack Rush, MD – Compliance Officer
  • Medical Management Committee: Steve Lyndaker, MD – Committee Chair
  • Compliance Committee: Mario Victoria, MD – Committee Chair
  • Finance/Payer Committee: Emily Mastaler, Committee Chair
  • Care Connections Committee: Kathy Hunter, Committee Chair

Types of ACO Participants, or combinations of participants, that formed the ACO:

  • Partnerships or joint venture arrangements between hospitals and ACO professionals

Shared Savings and Losses

Amount of Shared Savings/Losses

  • Second Agreement Period:
    • Performance Year 2018 — $0
  • First Agreement Period:
    • Performance Year 2017 — $0
    • Performance Year 2016 — $0
    • Performance Year 2015 — $0

Shared Savings Distribution

  • Second Agreement Period
    • Performance Year 2018
      • Proportion invested in infrastructure — N/A
      • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources — N/A
      • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants — N/A
  • First Agreement Period:
    • Performance Year 2017
      • Proportion invested in infrastructure — N/A
      • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources — N/A
      • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants — N/A
    • Performance Year 2016
      • Proportion invested in infrastructure — N/A
      • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources — N/A
      • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants — N/A
    • Performance Year 2015
      • Proportion invested in infrastructure — N/A
      • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes/resources — N/A
      • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants — N/A

Quality Performance Reports

2018 Quality Performance Results:

*Please note, the ACO-40 Depression Remission at 12 months quality measure is not included in public reporting due to low sample size.

  • For 2018 Quality Performance Results, please click here.
  • For 2017 Quality Performance Results, please click here.
  • For 2016 Quality Performance Results, please click here.
  • For 2015 Quality Performance Results, please click here.

Note: In the Quality Performance Results files above, search for “Healthcare Partners of the North Country, LLC” or “Healthcare Partners of the North Country” to view the quality performance results. This ACO can also be found using the ACO ID “A2559” in the public use files on data.cms.gov.


Payment Rule Waivers

  • No, our ACO does not use the SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver.