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Episode 1, 2, & 3: Commonwealth Primary Care ACO with Dr. Curtis Page & Lance Donkerbrook

May 03, 2018


In this three-part podcast, John Marchica speaks with Commonwealth Primary Care ACO president and CEO, Dr. Curtis Page, and Lance Donkerbrook, chief information officer. Last year, Commonwealth Primary Care ACO was Darwin’s Western Region ACO of the Year.

Here are some of the highlights we cover:

Part 1 – 20 min. (Page)

  • Accountable Care Organizations defined
  • How to deliver high-quality patient care
  • Origins and growth of the Commonwealth Primary Care ACO

Part 2 – 20 min. (Donkerbrook)

  • Impact of policy changes on ACOs
  • Lessons from the 2018 HIMMS conference
  • Patient attribution and self-selection
  • Application of quality metrics
  • How to improve physician engagement

Part 3 – 18 min. (Page and Donkerbrook)

  • Commonwealth’s use of technology, challenges
  • Partnering with Pharma, other suppliers and providers
  • Strategic priorities
  • Wrap-up

In this episode

Dr. Curtis Page

Dr. Curtis Page is quite invested in health care reform and currently serves as the CEO & president of the Commonwealth Primary Care Accountable Care Association, an entity that represents over 50 primary care practices in Maricopa County and Flagstaff. The Commonwealth ACO is primarily focused on redesigning the healthcare delivery system to place primary care and their patients at the center of the healthcare paradigm.

Dr. Page went to Harvard Medical School and is double board certified in Family Practice and Addiction Medicine. In 2001, Dr. Page returned to Tempe and joined his father’s practice, then known as Tempe Primary Care Associates. Along with his ACO, to further engage in community health, Dr. Page has also developed AAFP sponsored Group Visit/Educational programs covering Smoking Cessation, Diabetes, COPD, CHF and Cardiovascular disease.

Lance Donkerbrook

Lance Donkerbrook is the Chief Information Officer for Commonwealth Primary Care ACO. He is a health care executive with over 20 years of diversified experience in strategic planning, program management, client management, information systems project implementations, project proposal, financial management and contracting for payer and provider operations. Mr. Donkerbrook has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Arizona State University, as well as an MBA from Texas Christian University Fort Worth.

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. He was the founder and CEO of FaxWatch, a leading business intelligence and medical education company and two-time member of the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies.

John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade. John earned his B.A. in economics from Knox College, an MBA and M.A. in public policy from The University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework and doctoral exams in clinical epidemiology and health economics at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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