Rachelle KhalafDirector, Public Relations and Communications
Dr. Berthelsen known nationally as a champion of Accountable Care
Houston (October 27, 2017) – Last night, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic renamed its flagship clinic on West Holcombe Blvd., as the Spencer R. Berthelsen M.D., Main Campus in honor of Dr. Berthelsen, former Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.
Dr. Berthelsen retired as Managing Director and Internal Medicine physician on March 10, 2017 after nearly four decades as a key member of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic medical and executive team. He served as the Chairman of the Board for 15 years from 2001-2016 and was succeeded as Chairman by Tony Lin, M.D., F.H.M.
"Dr. Berthelsen made immeasurable contributions to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and the healthcare community both in Houston and across the country. He led the charge in modernizing our practice which led to Kelsey-Seybold being named the first accredited Accountable Care Organization in the nation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance," said Tony Lin, M.D., F.H.M., Chairman and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. "Because of his outstanding contributions to patient care, we are renaming our executive headquarters and flagship clinic the Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., Main Campus."
Dr. Berthelsen graduated from Rice University and received his medical degree from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and joined Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in 1980. He would go on to serve in numerous leadership capacities, including a tenure as Chairman of the Board for 15 years.
In 2012, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic was named the Nation's First Accountable Care Organization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Of all of his accomplishments, this accreditation acknowledged the years of development, investment and commitment Dr. Berthelsen devoted to accountable care. He knew this model would achieve the goal of improved patient care and health outcomes, while lowering the total cost of healthcare for employers and patients.
The journey to NCQA ACO accreditation has its roots in the principles established when Kelsey-Seybold was founded in 1949, but accelerated significantly in the 2000s when Dr. Berthelsen helped lead the Texas Medical Association's fight to bring reasonable reform to the malpractice liability system in Texas and helped secure the passage of Tort reform in 2003. The passage of tort reform had a significant and ongoing positive impact in Kelsey-Seybold's ability to invest in physicians and infrastructure, including a $20 million investment in an electronic medical records system.
In 2001, when Dr. Berthelsen was elected Chairman of the Board of Managers, Kelsey-Seybold had slowly expanded to include 15 locations in the Greater Houston area with 273 providers. During his chairmanship from 2001 - 2016, Kelsey-Seybold's Accountable Care model matured and flourished. This period of expansion at Kelsey-Seybold included a $250 million investment in new or remodeled clinics that offer an expanded list of services and specialties to make care more convenient for patients, a 40 percent growth in the number of providers to meet patient demand and the development of the clinic's electronic medical records system, which catapulted the clinic's ability to deliver on performance measures, including health outcomes and value. The measurable value that Kelsey-Seybold provides to patients and employers is most clear by the growth of Kelsey-Seybold's health plan, KelseyCare, and by the 4.5 to 5 star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid of Kelsey-Seybold's Medicare Advantage plan, KelseyCare Advantage. These investments led to the clinic's recognition as the Nation's First Accountable Care Organization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) in 2012; excellence in care for Diabetes, Heart & Stroke and Back pain; as well as being recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home.
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is Houston's premier multispecialty group practice, founded in 1949 by Dr. Mavis Kelsey in Houston's renowned Texas Medical Center. More than 650 physicians and allied health professionals practice at 36 locations in the Greater Houston area. Kelsey-Seybold offers quality medical care in 65 medical specialties. The organization operates the largest freestanding Ambulatory Surgery Center in the state of Texas and offers state-of-the-art Varian TrueBeam and Varian Edge radiation therapy technology at a nationally accredited Cancer Center. An accredited Sleep Center, comprehensive laboratory services, advanced imaging and diagnostics, 24 onsite Kelsey pharmacies and one specialty pharmacy, and MyKelseyOnline, a secure web portal, are part of its comprehensive offerings. Kelsey-Seybold partners with major insurers to offer value-based commercial health plans. KelseyCare Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan offered to Houston-area beneficiaries and affiliated with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, has achieved the coveted 5-out-of-5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for seven consecutive years.
Kelsey-Seybold has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the nation’s first accredited Accountable Care Organization and a Patient-Centered Medical Home. Kelsey-Seybold has many physicians in the Greater Houston area certified for excellence in diabetes and heart and stroke care by the NCQA. In addition to these recognitions, Kelsey-Seybold is home to a nationally accredited Breast Diagnostic Center and Endoscopy Center.
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