First Coast Health Alliance, CHESS Health Solutions Launch Partnership to Provide Value-Based Care

The agreement will save money through proactive care and improve access for communities.

St. Augustine, FL – First Coast Health Alliance has partnered with CHESS Health Solutions to provide high quality, lower cost value-based care resulting in more positive outcomes for patients across Northeast Florida. The agreement took effect April 1.

These two nationally recognized organizations will work together to care for patients through a value-based care model. Value-based care focuses on prevention, innovation, care coordination, waste reduction and information sharing. This model greatly enhances a provider’s ability to improve the quality of patient care, while lowering the cost of that care.

By better understanding their patients and any barriers to the care they need, First Coast Health Alliance will be better equipped to provide innovative high-touch services that are necessary for a healthier patient population. These services will address the needs of the sickest and most impacted individuals, while also aligning with clinical and financial goals.

“We are very enthusiastic about our partnership with First Coast Health Alliance. Their patient outcomes, quality, and high satisfaction scores are always positive. But more important, the mission and values of FCHA and CHESS are focused on building healthy communities through coordinated and sustainable care. FCHA is deeply committed to making life better for their patients.””

CHESS president Yates Lennon, MD

CHESS Health Solutions has collaborated with many health systems to make the transformation to value-based care by implementing innovative care models and establishing value-based contracts with insurance carriers. CHESS value partners include Catawba Valley Medical Group, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, Kintegra Health, AdventHealth Hendersonville, Northern Regional Hospital, Appalachian Regional Health System and Wake Forest Health Network.


First Coast Health Alliance is a physician-hospital organization established in May 2013 to serve St. Johns County and surrounding communities. Its 188 members include independent primary care physicians and specialists and Flagler Hospital. The mission of First Coast Health Alliance is to achieve the best in quality and efficiency for all patients at every point of care. The organization’s vision is to serve as a national model for collaboration among independent physicians, health care providers and the communities they serve, and to achieve the best possible population health at the best value. More information, including a full listing of alliance members, the board of directors and leadership team, can be found at More information about Flagler Hospital can be found at