ACO Name and Location

Circle Health Alliance, LLC
295 Varnum Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854

ACO Primary Contact

Primary Contact Name Emily Young
Primary Contact Phone Number (978) 788-7271
Primary Contact Email Address Emily.Young@lowellgeneral.org

Organizational Information

ACO participants:

ACO Participants ACO Participant in Joint Venture (Enter Y or N)
ALEXANDRA ARGASINSKI Y
BENJAMIN HENKLE MD LLC Y
CARLOS DEL RIO Y
CHELMSFORD FAMILY PRACTICE, PC Y
CHELMSFORD PRIMARY CARE LLC Y
DAMIAN FOLCH Y
DAVID C MORLEY JR MD PC Y
DAVID SIDEBOTTOM Y
DINELI, A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Y
DROIDMD P LLC Y
JACK CHANG MD PC Y
JOSHI MEDICAL SERVICES, PC Y
KEVIN MALONE DO PC Y
KEVIN TOMANY MD PC Y
LAWRENCE P JOHNSON MD PC Y
LGH MEDICAL GROUP, INC. Y
LGH MERRIMACK VALLEY CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES, LLC Y
LGH WOMANHEALTH, INC. Y
LOWELL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Y
LOWELL SURGICAL ASSOCIATES, P.C. Y
MASS MEDICAL GROUP LLC Y
MASSACHUSETTS ENT ASSOCIATES INC Y
MASSACHUSETTS EYE ASSOCIATES PC Y
MEDICAL HEALTHCARE SPECIALISTS, P.C. Y
MERRIMACK RADIOLOGY CRA LLC Y
MERRIMACK UROLOGY ASSOC, PC Y
MILL CITY MEDICAL GROUP LTD Y
NASIM GHAFFAR Y
NESC LPHO LLC Y
NEW ENGLAND FOOT & ANKLE PC Y
NEW ENGLAND HERNIA CENTER LLC Y
NONNIE ESTELLA Y
NORTHEAST MEDICAL GROUP INC Y
NORTHEAST PLASTIC SURGERY Y
ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL ASSOCIATES OF LOWELL, P.C. Y
PATHOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF LOWELL PC Y
PELHAM HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATES PLLC Y
PETER D. ROMAN, MD, PC Y
PRECISION SURGICAL SPECIALISTS OF LOWELL PC Y
RIVERSIDE MEDICAL GROUP PC Y
RIVERSIDE SURGICAL ASSOCIATES, PC Y
SEPULVEDA & ASSOCIATES PC Y
STONY BROOK PRIMARY CARE LLC Y
THE LOWELL GENERAL HOSPITAL Y
VASCULAR ASSOCIATES OF THE MERRIMACK VALLEY PC Y
WESTFORD VEIN AESTHETIC SOLUTIONS LLC Y
ZEUS CORPORATION Y

ACO governing body:

Member Member's Voting Power - Expressed as a percentage or number Membership Type ACO Participant Legal Business Name/DBA, if Applicable
Last Name First Name Title/Position
Jiser Michael MD & Chair 1 ACO Participant Lowell Surgical Associates, PC
Gilchrist Mark MD & Vice Chair 1 Other
Ariza Miguel MD 1 ACO Participant LGH Medical Group, Inc / Circle Health Diabetes and Endocrine Center
Cohen Matthew MD 1 ACO Participant Merrimack Urology Associates, PC
DeAmicis Richard MD 0 ACO Participant Medical Healthcare Spec., PC
Estella Nonnie-Marie MD 1 ACO Participant N.M. Estella, MD, PC
Ewald Eric MD 1 ACO Participant LGH Merrimack Valley Cardiology Associates
Lauretano Arthur MD 1 ACO Participant Mass ENT Associates
Mazraany Wassim MD 1 ACO Participant Riverside Surgical Associates, PC
Patel Sachin MD 1 ACO Participant Northeast Medical Group, Inc.
Patel Tushar MD & Medical Director 1 ACO Participant Riverside Medical Group PC
Pickul David MD 1 ACO Participant Mill City Medical Group, Ltd
Reddy Roopa MD 1 ACO Participant Chelmsford Primary Care, LLC
Clifford Barbara  FNP 1 Medicare Beneficiary Representative N/A
White Jody President & CEO 1 ACO Participant Lowell General Hospital
Green Susan CFO 0 Other
Hoey Amy EVP & COO 1 ACO Participant Lowell General Hospital
Wyman William VP of Finance 1 ACO Participant Lowell General Hospital
Osborn Frank MD 0 ACO Participant LGH Medical Group, Inc / Merrimack Family Medicine
Tsirigotis Pauline MD & Medical Director 0 ACO Participant Mill City Medical Group, Ltd
Young Emily Executive Director 0 Other

Key ACO clinical and administrative leadership:

Emily Young ACO Executive
Pauline Tsirigotis, MD Medical Director
Michael McAuliffe Compliance Officer
Heather Antolik Quality Assurance / Improvement Officer

Associated committees and committee leadership:

Committee Name Committee Leader Name and Position
Finance & Budget Committee William Wyman, VP of Finance
Clinical Performance Committee Frank Osborn, MD (New leader to be elected in 2021)
Executive Risk Allocation Committee Michael Jiser, MD
Joint Performance & Incentives Committee David Pickul, MD and William Galvin, MD
Contract Review Committee David Pickul, MD
Physician Advisory Credentialing and Compliance Committee Richard DeAmicis, MD
Nominating Committee Mark Gilchrist, MD


Types of ACO participants, or combinations of participants, that formed the ACO:
  • Circle Health Alliance, LLC is a joint venture between Circle Health Alliance, LLC and the Lowell General Physician Hospital Organization.

Shared Savings and Losses

Amount of Shared Savings / Losses

  • First Agreement Period
    • Performance Year - N/A

Shared Savings Distribution

  • First Agreement Period
    • Performance Year - N/A
    • Proportion invested in infrastructure: - N/A
    • Proportion invested in redesigned care processes / resources: - N/A
    • Proportion of distribution to ACO participants: - N/A

Quality Performance Results

2019 Quality Performance Results: Our ACO did not participate in Shared Savings Program in the 2019 performance year, therefore this section is not applicable at this time.

For Previous Years' Financial and Quality Performance Results, please visit data.cms.gov


Payment Rule Waivers

  • Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) 3-day Rule Waiver:
    • Yes, our ACO uses the SNF 3-Day Rule Waiver, pursuant to 42 CFR 425.612.