Total HealthcareFriday 03 August 2012, 5:03PM
Media release from Total Healthcare
Total Healthcare Trust is pleased to announce that its Counties
Manukau practices will join Total Healthcare PHO on 1 October
The PHO is a reinstatement of the former PHO Total Healthcare Otara
(THO), shelved 16 months ago in a decision made for all East Tamaki
Health Care (ETHC) and West Auckland Health Care (WAHC) practices
to join the National Hauora Coalition (NHC) PHO. This was done in
the belief that the Trust must be affiliated to a Business
However, recent talks with CMDHB saw both parties recognising that
a reinstatement was not only possible but would be a good fit with
the DHB's vision for growth in large effective health care
organisations. The Trust has approximately 150,000 patients
enrolled in16 practices across the Auckland region.
The Trust's ability to meet targets and develop innovative and more
cost effective healthcare systems requires it to have PHO status to
contract directly with DHBs.
At this stage, TH will operate as a PHO in CMDHB only, given the
current ADHB and WDHB policies around no new PHOs operating in
their catchment area at this time. However, there is a desire by
both TH and the two DHBs to explore a closer working relationship
given the patient populations the Trust serves in their
In the interim, ProCare has offered to be the "host" PHO for Trust
practices in both the central and west Auckland areas.
"We're excited by this first step, with our goal to have
standardised health management systems across the ETHC/WAHC
network, so the fewer parties involved in facilitating funding
flows, the easier this will be to achieve, and the better it will
be for our patients, " Trust CEO Mark Vella, says.
He says the Trust has continued to operate as an effective agency
of change for ETHC and WAHC since THO ceded to NHC.
"It is well placed to transform itself back into a PHO, given that
it has ensured the continuation of clinical quality, governance,
training and support, and its lean infrastructure has continued to
be pivotal in supporting our provider group in this new health
sector landscape," Mr Vella says.
The PHO will continue to support the development of Integrated
Family Health Centres and high needs communities across Auckland,
and be accountable for the effective and efficient utilisation of
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