James P. Cardon, M.D. Named Chief Clinical Integration Officer

November 06, 2012 | By Hartford HealthCare

James P. Cardon, M.D., FAAC, has been named to the new position of executive vice president and chief clinical integration officer for Hartford HealthCare.

After 23 years in private practice as a cardiologist, Dr. Cardon said the position offers an opportunity to “transform the delivery of health care.’’

Elliot Joseph, president and CEO of Hartford HealthCare, called Dr. Cardon a visionary leader who has demonstrated a unique gift for building consensus in the physician community. “Jim is trusted and respected by the medical staff,’’ Joseph said. “His challenge will be to take a historically independent group of practitioners and turn them into a team working together to improve patient care and increase the value of the care our system delivers. I can think of nobody better suited for this role than Jim Cardon.’’

The Hartford HealthCare Clinical Integration Steering Committee, with physician representation across the system, unanimously endorsed Dr. Cardon’s selection.

Dr. Cardon, who has spent his career as a clinician, said he plans to continue seeing patients on a limited basis, in part because he loves the work, but also because he feels that the perspective of a working physician is crucial as he tries to create a more coordinated system of care.

"The challenge is to evolve our current fragmented system that impedes quality care to a coordinated system that meets patients and providers expectations for how care should be delivered," Dr. Cardon said. His tasks will include helping fellow physicians adapt to new payment systems designed to reward them for helping patients to stay well, instead of only paying for

episodic treatment. Providers, he said, need data so they can measure and manage outcomes to learn whether they are delivering care that is both effective and efficient.

In his new role, Dr. Cardon will promote efficiency by supporting partnership between physicians and patients; creating processes for improving quality while increasing value; and partnering with employers and payers to incentivize doing the right thing for the patient at the right time. Systems need to be developed that can measure and improve the health of patient populations, he said. He also will be instrumental in building the new Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, a large, multispecialty group practice of HHC-employed physicians that is designed to increase quality and contain costs by applying best practices and the principles of care coordination.

A resident of Farmington, Dr. Cardon graduated from Boston College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Hartford Hospital, where he was chief resident and stayed on to complete a cardiology fellowship. Until his appointment, Dr. Cardon was president of Cardiology P.C., a seven-physician group practice with offices in Hartford and Farmington. He assumes his new role on Feb. 1, 2013.

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