VHAN’s 10th Anniversary

A Decade of Driving Transformation

Join us as VHAN celebrates 10 years—a milestone made possible by incredible members like you whose dedication to high-quality, cost-effective care has driven change throughout the region.

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Marking Our Achievements

VHAN’s 10th anniversary year is an opportune moment to celebrate our network’s noteworthy accomplishments and salute all of our members for maneuvering through roadblocks—all for the sake of better health for the communities we call home.

Click the circles to learn more about VHAN’s member-driven achievements and transformational initiatives.

“When the pandemic first hit in March 2020, West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) needed to launch a telehealth program quickly. The VHAN team was extremely helpful in giving us a foundation and telling us what had been done around the network. That’s why it was so important to us to have that peer-to-peer sharing and collaboration opportunities. What lessons did our fellow members learn up front that we could benefit from, too?”

Dr. Claude Pirtle
Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer and Assistant Chief Medical Officer at West Tennessee Healthcare

“I’m amazed at how VHAN gives you their ear; they really want to hear from me and are willing to listen to our region’s unique needs. VHAN is the first time we’ve ever had a network besides our own friends in town and been able to benefit from their expertise for free. The network allows us to all come together and be our best, and individual practices and providers can maintain their independence with new resources we didn’t have access to before.”

Dr. Ernie Buchanan
Family Practice Physician and VHAN Regional Medical Director, Upper Cumberland Family Physicians

“I extend the phrase, ‘no man is an island’ to ‘no organization is an island.’ There's so much competition out there from organizations that move a lot faster than health care systems generally do that our practices and health systems really need VHAN’s interaction, communication, collaboration and sharing. The learning available through VHAN is incredible—it’s a brain trust that you can tap into. Honestly, I think the only way we can compete is to lean on each other.”

Shari Rajoo, MD
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Population Health Service at Ballad Health

Saluting Our Members

The combined efforts of VHAN members and staff over our 10-year history have consistently produced market-leading results. The successes we have achieved as a network are simply not possible without a broad and diverse membership committed to transforming the health of the communities we call home.

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A Transformational Decade

For the past 10 years, VHAN has remained dedicated to our mission: to transform health care and strengthen the communities we call home.

Our high-performing, clinically integrated, learning health network continues its growth trajectory for the next decade–by consistently delivering patient-centric, evidence-based care with an emphasis on collaboration and best-practice sharing.

Collaborative and Connected

Through effective teamwork, data-driven insights and continuous learning, our provider members lead care transformation for the network.


Today, VHAN is home to 6,850+ providers


The network grows to 5,156 members


3,878 providers choose membership in VHAN

Changemakers for Our Patients

VHAN practices share innovative solutions that inspire change across the network.


VHAN grows to 376 practices


VHAN marks the engagement of all large independent practices in Tennessee


Achieves nearly $35 million in total savings


242 practices choose VHAN membership

Delivering Better Outcomes for the Region

Our members are at the forefront of value-based care, with many designated as Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Centers of Excellence, and others participating in new payment models and programs through CMS and commercial payors.


With 13 hospital systems, VHAN becomes one of the nation's largest affiliated networks


December marks the first board meeting with leaders of founding systems Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Maury Regional Medical Center, NorthCrest Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center

Trusted in Our Communities

Our hospitals provide the region’s patients with the right care, at the right time, in the right setting.


73 hospitals benefit from the network advantage


The network's hospital roster grows 4x in three years


14 hospitals join the network

Supported By Higher-Value Care

With a focus on preventive care, VHAN members help patients improve their health and collaborate with their peers on best practices for treating patients with complex medical issues.


VHAN covered lives reach 309,075


VHAN increases covered lives by more than 300%


VHAN started with around 30,000 managed lives made up of employees of our founding members.

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Building a Network


First VHAN Board Meeting is held with founding members Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Maury Regional Medical Center, NorthCrest Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center

VHAN starts with roughly 30,000 managed lives made up of employees of our founding members.

"It was clear that the value-based train was coming, and that risk was going to be shifted from the payors to the providers. We saw the mergers and acquisitions dominating the headlines, and we recognized that we needed some scale to deal with that piece. [So we] began to think about our choices."
C. Wright Pinson, MD, MBA, FACS, VUMC Deputy CEO and Chairman of VHAN


An Auspicious Beginning


VHAN negotiates Aetna value-based agreement

Member health systems Cookeville Regional Medical Center & West Tennessee Healthcare join

Increases covered lives under management by more than 300%

Grows into one of the nation’s largest affiliated networks

"When you think about developing a clinical program for the entire state of Tennessee, you can't even begin unless you listen...One of VHAN's values is we pause. We listen. We want to foster a culture of shared learning. We don't have all the answers and don't pretend to."
Cindy Powell, MD, Chief Medical Officer of VHAN and Senior Vice President of Population Health, VUMC


Adding Vital Voices


Physician Leadership Council of Regional Medical Directors launches

Member health systems Baptist Regional Medical Center, Sumner Regional Medical Center & Mountain States Health Alliance join

Mississippi Affiliated Health Network is developed

VHAN.com website launches

Thanks to early involvement from Cumberland Pediatrics, VHAN’s Pediatric Program began with market-leading clinical and financial results by the 2014 plan year. "I’m really excited about being part of the network now," says Michele White, Practice Manager, Children's Clinic of Nashville. "I have used many of the webinars that have been offered and starting to network with some of the people there. I know we’ll keep expanding with VHAN."


Rolling Out Large-Scale Clinical Initiatives


VHAN achieves network-wide shared savings

Pediatric program achieves shared savings for third year in a row

Contracted hospitals St. Thomas Midtown & Rutherford join

VHAN administers $28 million Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi) award through the MidSouth Practice Transformation Network

“We worked with VHAN on the TCPi grant. Some initiatives we hadn’t really thought of or had wanted to do, and as a smaller private practice, we didn’t really have some of the resources that we needed. Participating in the TCPi with VHAN staff was truly helpful for that."
Heather Rupe, DO, Women's Group of Franklin and Vice Chief of Staff for Williamson Medical Center


Growing in Influence


The network achieves $11.6 million in total savings

VHAN distributes $4.1 million in incentive payments to members

Member health systems Jennie Stuart Health & Erlanger Health Systems join

“[What] makes people really excited is when they see how VHAN has significantly changed a health outcome across the population of patients we care for... We’ve decreased the number of people who have to go to the emergency room because we're spending more time in ambulatory care to keep them healthy. Those are the real wins.”
David Posch, MS, Executive Director of VHAN


Focused on Value


Establishes value-based arrangements with all national carriers

Aetna announces ACO product with VHAN: Aetna Whole Health – Tennessee

The network welcomes 8 new LifePoint Tennessee hospitals

“VHAN's Diabetes Management Program is making life-changing and health-enhancing differences in the lives of my patients. The work represents the very best of what VHAN should stand for in our community.”
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Meeting Quality Targets


Successful CMS applications for four Connected Care Accountable Care Organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

University Health Network, University of Tennessee Medical Center join

VHAN achieves 100% performance for all Aetna contracted quality measure targets

UnitedHealthcare and VHAN launch accountable care program

Cigna and VHAN launch Collaborative Care initiatives

"Thank you for including us on the Quality Measures webinar. We take it as the highest of compliments and hope to provide you and the network with valuable solutions to quality metrics."
Heritage Medical Associates


Leading the Charge for Evidence-Based Care


Summit Medical Group joins VHAN

VHAN completes CMS-sponsored Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi)

First population health organization to use ADT feeds engages 300 new patients weekly

VHAN Hub is established for network members

VHAN Hospital Quality Committee begins

Community Health Worker Program pilot launches

“We use VHAN's Quality Measures Toolkit all the time. I also watched VHAN’s ‘Building a Team-Based Culture of Quality Measures Process Improvement’ webinar, and it had great information. These are great tools that I will use with my Care Coordinators.”
Tami Jean Goodwin, Care Coordinator Supervisor, Jennie Stuart Medical Group


Meeting the Challenges of a Pandemic


miniVHAN podcast launches

Clinical behavioral health webinars debut for pediatricians

MSSP ACOs achieve greater than a 42% AWV completion rate

Well Moment patient and community educational series launches

Special COVID-19 section of the VHAN Hub serves as a repository for best practices to combat the pandemic

Collaborates with Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Aetna to give small businesses access to self-funded health plans at a significant discount

"VHAN has contributed so much to our success—from providing coding to financial information to examples on which we based our protocols. I used the 'Isolation for Staff Exposed to COVID-19' on the VHAN Hub to give me a better understanding for creating our new protocols for COVID-19 preparedness and response. When no other clinic had information, VHAN did."
Jennifer Marchisio, CMA, Assistant Manager of Compliance, Communications and Quality Improvements, Rainbow Kids Clinic


Achieving Performance Goals


Reaches an overall quality score of 100% across VHAN Aetna plans for 2021 performance year

MSSP ACOs achieve an average of 97% on quality performance scores

Connected Care of Middle TN ACO achieves $10 million in shared savings

Network develops Membership Principles

VHAN Hub and VHAN.com evolve

VHAN publishes inaugural Impact Report

“The VHAN consult line has helped me greatly, especially with accessing behavioral health care. The consult line has also been very helpful when I need to speak with a psychiatrist about the less-straightforward cases.”
Michael Ladd, MD, Green Hills Pediatric Associates


Collaboration on Every Front

Celebrating a decade of driving transformation!

First Project ECHO on pediatric depression launches

OnePoint, VHAN’s new population health management platform, debuts

Pediatric Behavioral Health Consult Line surpasses 2k consultations

Adult Behavioral Health Consult Line starts

Quarterly VHAN HR Leader Forums kick off

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