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April 4, 2013

April 4, 2013

Contact: Ranee Randby,
Communications Director
865-437-5358 or 865-388-6186


Community Health Alliance (CHA), Tennessee’s health insurance CO-OP, and Summit Medical Group have entered into a collaborative partnership to provide consumers with comprehensive patient-centered care. This is the first of many managed care agreements Community Health Alliance is developing across the state as it assembles its network of preferred providers.

“This is an important milestone for Community Health Alliance, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have Summit Medical Group as part of our network. Summit brings valued clinical outcomes and vital community relationships that match Community Health Alliance’s nonprofit mission and purpose,” said Jerry Burgess, Community Health Alliance CEO. “In partnership with our provider network and plan members, we will reduce health care costs by improving access to care with a focus on best practice and care integration, and by supporting community resources to promote the health and wellbeing of our members.”

Recognized as a regional leader in medical management and innovation, Summit Medical Group has more than 218 physicians at more than 53 practice locations in 11 East Tennessee counties including four ancillary service centers, five physical therapy centers, three express clinics and a sleep services center. Summit provides health care services to an average of 81,000 patients each month and is dedicated to offering value-based care coordination through the region’s largest Accountable Care Organization, Summit Health Solutions.

“We are very pleased to be working with an organization that shares our mission to provide quality care and positive outcomes,” said Tim Young, Summit Medical Group CEO. “This is a historic time for health care and this partnership will help ensure more people receive the best possible care for a reasonable price.”

Community Health Alliance (CHA) is Tennessee’s health insurance CO-OP, created as part of the Affordable Care Act. With CHA, consumers have a choice and a VOICE in their health care coverage. A few things that make the company unique: Transparency through its member governance, nonprofit status with all funds dispersed back into the company to benefit members, patient-focused and provider-engaged care, customer friendly size and attitude. Just like any insurance company, Community Health Alliance will be an approved carrier, regulated by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, and is a member of the State Guaranty Fund. Enrollment opportunities begin on Oct.1, with policies effective Jan. 1, 2014. For more information, visit or call 888-415-3332. For more information about Summit Medical Group, visit or call 865-584-4747.