Choosing the Right Value-Based Care Partner: A Guide for Primary Care Providers

Article | 12/20/2023

As an independent primary care provider, you are likely aware of the importance of transitioning to value-based care. With a focus on improving patient outcomes, reducing healthcare costs and improving operational efficiency, value-based care is quickly becoming the standard of care. However, the transition is not an easy one, and you may find yourself overwhelmed by the options available. In this guide, we take a comprehensive look at what you should consider when choosing a value-based care partner or accountable care organization (ACO). We explore what happens when you choose to “go it alone,” as well as the many benefits of working with a partner. Lastly, we discuss why Vytalize Health might be the right ACO and value-based care partner for you and your practice. 

What is Value-Based Care, and Why is it So Important? 

Before we dive into what you should look for in a value-based care partner, let’s first establish what value-based care is and its importance. Value-based care is a model that pays providers based on the quality of services provided rather than the volume.  Providers are incentivized to improve patient outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and increase operational efficiency. By focusing on these objectives, healthcare providers can deliver better patient care while minimizing costs. The shift to value-based care is also driven by the need to address the aging population’s health needs without overburdening the healthcare system. Furthermore, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a goal to have all traditional Medicare patients in an ACO model by 2030. This shift toward value-based care is creating opportunities for providers to partner with organizations that have expertise in these payment models. 

What Happens if You Choose to Go it Alone? 

While many providers might feel like going it alone is the best option, it’s essential to understand the risks. Independent primary care providers who choose to transition to value-based care on their own often face significant challenges in adapting to the new model. For instance, providers must develop new systems for data collection, analysis and reporting, along with new patient engagement strategies. These efforts can be overwhelming for providers who need more resources to take on such a transition. Furthermore, medical organizations and commercial payers that follow value-based care models are likely not as open to partnerships with independent primary care providers who don’t have experience in value-based care. 

What Benefits Can You Expect from a Value-Based Care Partner? 

There are many benefits to choosing a value-based care partner. A value-based care partner can share knowledge and expertise, and offer exposure to best practices in care coordination. Additionally, partners can provide a range of resources designed to help practices transition to the value-based care model. From data analytics to patient engagement strategies, value-based care partners have the expertise and resources that independent practices may not have. Partners are also vested in helping practices improve efficiency, reduce healthcare costs, and improve health outcomes, which benefits everyone involved. 

What to Look for in a Value-Based Care Partner 

When choosing your value-based care partner or ACO, there are several things to keep in mind. First, you should look for a partner who understands your practice’s needs and has experience working with providers in similar situations. Additionally, you should look for a partner that offers a range of resources and tools to help your practice transition to value-based care. Finally, you’ll want to find a partner that shares your commitment to improving health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and improving operational efficiency. 

Questions to Ask a Potential Value-Based Care Partner 

  • What is your experience in transitioning practices to a value-based care model?  
  • Can you describe the support you offer during the transition phase and beyond? 
  • How do you measure success in a value-based care partnership? 
  • When implementing a value-based care program, how do you address potential barriers and challenges? 
  • How do you measure and track outcomes for improved health and reduced costs? 
  • Can you explain the financial incentives and payment structures in your value-based care program?  
  • How do you help practices identify areas for improvement?  
  • What ongoing training and support do you offer? 
  • How do you support practices in managing populations and addressing social determinants of health?  
  • What strategies are in place for optimizing operational efficiency and reducing the administrative burden for practices? 
  • How do you collaborate with other healthcare providers to ensure seamless care coordination? 
  • Can you provide references from providers and practices partnered with your organization? 

Why Vytalize is the Right ACO and Value-Based Care Partner for You 

At Vytalize, we understand the needs of independent primary care providers, and we are committed to helping you, your practice and your patients succeed. With our unique approach to value-based care and our comprehensive suite of resources, we’re confident that we can provide the support you need to successfully transition to the value-based care model. With our innovative incentive structure and dedicated team of experts, we can help you improve efficiency, reduce costs, and, most importantly, provide better care for your patients. Ultimately, our goal is to help you succeed in value-based care while maintaining your autonomy and independence. 

We understand that the transition to value-based care can be overwhelming, which is why we provide extensive support during this process and beyond. Our team works closely with you and your practice staff to understand your unique needs and challenges, and we develop customized solutions that fit your specific situation. We also offer dedicated support and ongoing education to help you stay up to date with regulatory requirements and best practices in value-based care. 


Choosing the right value-based care partner is not an easy task, but it’s a necessary one. With the right partner by your side, you can successfully navigate the transition to value-based care, improve patient outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. As you consider your options, remember that partnering with a value-based care organization like Vytalize can offer a range of benefits that can help you achieve your goals. From sharing knowledge and expertise to offering a comprehensive suite of resources and tools, a value-based care partner can make all the difference. 

Find out how Vytalize’s all-in-one solution can make your transition to value-based care hassle-free!