Sonora Quest Laboratories and Commonwealth Primary Care ACO team up to streamline patient care

Thursday, July 20, 2017   |   Category: Press Releases

(TEMPE, AZ) July 20, 2017 – Commonwealth Primary Care Accountable Care Organization (ACO) has selected Sonora Quest Laboratories to be the preferred provider of diagnostic testing for their patients in Arizona. The partnership will streamline patient care and improve communication between Sonora Quest Laboratories and Commonwealth ACO’s network of providers, bringing increased information and educational resources to patients and their doctors.

Commonwealth Primary Care ACO is a collaboration of 130 independent providers who seek to enhance the quality of healthcare while decreasing costs, and improving patient outcomes for Medicare patients in Arizona. To do this, Commonwealth Primary Care ACO collects and analyzes data that helps physicians coordinate care and increase communication.

Sonora Quest Laboratories will assist in this mission by utilizing their propriety suite of Population Health analytics solutions to provide actionable information to Commonwealth using near real time and historical laboratory data. With this tool, Commonwealth can assist providers to close gaps in care, identify risk within patient populations and track individual patients facing chronic conditions including diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

Commonwealth’s CEO Dr. Curtis Page noted, “We are thrilled to partner with Sonora Quest Laboratories. They have the technology and reliability of one of the largest labs in the nation, but retain a focus on the local market in Arizona. This will allow our physicians to see unique insights on a patient’s diagnostic history so that they can better tailor their care.”

Sonora Quest Laboratories CEO David Dexter added, “This partnership supports our vision, ‘To Be the Trusted Leader in Diagnostics and Information Services’, by using real time data analytics to support population health management and coordinated care, enabling Commonwealth to improve patient healthcare outcomes at lower cost. We will collaborate and innovate together to create and refine best-in-class diagnostic analytics, providing Commonwealth’s Clinical Care team with information that will improve clinical quality and patient satisfaction here in Arizona.”


About Sonora Quest Laboratories
Sonora Quest Laboratories, a joint venture between Banner Health and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), is part of the nation’s largest integrated laboratory system with approximately 3,000 employees serving more than 23,000 patients every day throughout Arizona. Sonora Quest Laboratories is the market share leader in clinical laboratory testing in Arizona, performing more than 60 million diagnostic tests per year. Sonora Quest Laboratories offers a local comprehensive test menu which encompasses routine, molecular, prescription drug monitoring, cytogenetic, and pathology testing services. Ninety-eight percent of all testing is performed at primary testing facilities located in Tempe, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott and Yuma. Sonora Quest Laboratories is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) which is the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, helping laboratories to maintain accuracy of test results and ensure accurate patient diagnosis. This accreditation ensures the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients as CAP inspectors examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and records, and overall management. 


About Commonwealth Primary Care ACO
Commonwealth Primary Care ACO (CPCACO), is a primary-care founded, governed, owned and operated Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO. Their provider base consists of over 130 Primary Care Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. CPCACO has over 15,000 assigned MSSP beneficiaries and an additional 30,000 members in Commercial and Medicaid ACO programs. Commonwealth Primary Care ACO operates throughout the state of Arizona, with many of their physicians in the Phoenix metropolitan area. CPCACO has demonstrated success in their ACO programs by improving cost and quality metrics and strives to be an organization that supports the success of independent primary care.