Release Date: 08/29/2016
Albert Puerini, MD, president and CEO of RI Primary Care Physicians Corporation (RIPCPC), has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Integra Community Care Network, LLC, a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) certified Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and a Medicaid Accountable Entity certified by the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services. Dr. Puerini has served as the ACO’s vice chairman and a medical director since its inception in 2014. He succeeds Dennis D. Keefe, president and CEO of Care New England, as Board Chair. Dr. Puerini will retain his role as a medical director. The Integra care provider network is comprised of the Care New England and South County Health systems, RIPCPC – the state’s largest primary care organization – and a number of independently employed and community physicians. In addition, Integra has formed a network of primary/urgent care providers who have extended hours in the evening, weekends and holidays. Integra is improving the patient experience through better collaboration of health care providers and a patient-centered focus resulting in better treatment outcomes.
“I am honored to help shape the future of Integra at such a critical time in health care, particularly in Rhode Island and southern New England,” said Dr. Puerini. “The way health care is delivered is changing and we have to accept the important responsibility to continue to improve the health of the populations we serve. We intend to do this by better coordinating care among all health care providers.”
“Since Integra was formed in 2014 we have been focused on our goal to provide high-quality care while reducing costs,” said Keefe. “As a founding member of Integra, Al has played a crucial role in the ACO’s success and has the vision necessary to lead the organization moving forward.”
Dr. Puerini has been president and CEO of RIPCPC since 1995. RIPCPC is composed of 150 primary care physicians in the areas of family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine. Over the past 15 years, he has successfully negotiated innovative contracts in RI with multiple insurance companies for RIPCPC physicians based on improving quality outcomes. In November 2014, RIPCPC won the prestigious “Business Excellence Award” from the Providence Business News.
Dr. Puerini is a native Rhode Islander who has been in private practice since 1983 as a founder of Family Health and Sports Medicine, LLC, in Cranston, RI. He received training in his specialty at the Brown University Program in Family Medicine at the Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, became a board certified Diplomat in Family Medicine in 1982, and was elected a Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians in 1992.
Dr. Puerini graduated from Providence College in 1974 and has been their Head Team Physician for all sports since 1988.
Since 1990, Dr. Puerini has served as a clinical assistant professor of Family Medicine in the Warren Alpert Brown Medical School. With this appointment, he teaches sports medicine and office based family medicine to medical students and family medicine residents. He is a former member of the RI Medical Society President’s Executive Committee and has served on the Governor’s Primary Care Physician Advisory Committee and the Governor's Healthcare Reform Commission. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the RI Quality Institute, The Hospital Association of RI, and the Care Transformation Collaborative of RI.
About Integra Community Care Network, LLC
Integra Community Care Network is a CMS certified ACO with more than 120,000 covered lives. Its participating provider network includes Rhode Island Primary Care Physician Corporation (RIPCPC), Care New England and South County Hospital and employed and affiliated physicians. Integra was also named as an Accountable Entity by the RI Executive Office of HHS and assumed responsibility for more than 30,000 Rite Care participants, effective January 1, 2016.