PODCAST: Farzad Mostashari MD and “Aledade”Primary Care

By Shahid N Shah



Our guest on this episode is Dr. Farzad Mostashari. Farzad is the co-founder and CEO of Aledade, a primary care enablement company that partners with independent PCPs to transition to value-based care and, as a result, maintain their independence.

Founded in 2014, Aledade works with 11,000 physicians across 40 states and DC, accounting for 1.7M patients under management in Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Commercial and Medicaid contracts. Farzad previously served as the National Coordinator for Health IT in the Department of Health and Human Services, he completed medical school at the Yale School of Medicine and a Master’s in Population Health from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Earlier this year, Aledade raised a $123M Series E round of funding led by OMERS Growth Equity.


In this episode, colleague Shahid N. Shah will discuss with Farzad about (1) his journey to starting Aledade and the role policy expertise and evidence have played in the company’s success (2) why he and the company are betting on independent physicians as the drivers of change in value-based care and (3) how Aledade became the rare profitable health tech company.

-Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA

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Primary Care Physician Estimated Career Turn-Over Per Year

By Staff Reporters



 •  General internal medicine: 4370 (4% of this workforce)
 •  Family medicine: 3624 (3% of this workforce)
 •  General pediatrics: 1320 (2% of this workforce)
 •  Obstetrics/gynecology: 1563 (4% of this workforce)
 •  Geriatrics: 149 (3% of this workforce)
 •  Preventive medicine: 93 (2% of this workforce)

Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, “Health Care Expenditures Attributable to Primary Care Physician Overall and Burnout-Related Turnover: A Cross-sectional Analysis,” February 25, 2022




Is Primary Care Medicine Toxic?

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Requesting Real-Life Examples of Professional Despair

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP™



As you’ve probably heard – and experienced or know from our books, journal and this ME-P – there’s a primary care medical shortage out-there!  Maybe you’ve even read or heard about the Physician’s Foundation study describing the overwhelming number of PCPs who want out of this toxic environment. On one hand, we have patients desperately searching for a PCP, while on the other hand we have good caring doctors being forced out of the profession. Of course, NPs, ANPs, DNPs and other ancillaries are part of the solution; but not entirely.

Link: http://www.physiciansfoundation.org/

Human Anguish

And humanely, as stated by our medical colleague L. Gordon Moore MD, these statistics miss the very real pain and anguish of people who entered primary care to help patients when they find the environment for primary care toxic to the ethical practice of medicine. Even to the point of suicide!


These voices need to be heard. And so, we are asking doctors and providers of all stripes to post in the comments section below personal examples of medical practitioners leaving primary, solo or small group practice because they just can’t stand the toxic environment any longer.


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Are Primary Care Doctors Becoming More Like Financial Advisors?

Hospitals [BDs] “versus” Family Practitioners [FAs]

By Dr. David Edward Marcinko; MBA, CMP™


The Big Mistake

Those who believe that hospitals need medical specialists like radiologists, pathologists and oncologists, more than primary care doctors, are mistaken. And, those doctors who believe that the majority of “financial advisors” work for their clients are also mistaken. Here’s why in analogy format.

Why Hospitals Need PCPs

Hospitals generally need primary care physicians, more than specialists, because insurance contracts can be negotiated from a position of strength. A solid [large] primary care panel is a must-have for most insurance contracts. Just recall more than a decade ago – when PCPs were told of an emerging new renaissance where they would reign in place of the medical specialists? It never happened then, but it may happen now following healthcare reform.

Also, recall that the growth of fiduciary Registered Investment Advisors [RIAs] was slow until the stock market collapse of 2008. The pace is accelerating today with the political dawn of financial reform.

Patient’s Love their PCPs – Not their Hospitals

Moreover, please realize that few patients shop around for specialists, or hospitals, as they do for PCPs. OK, the OB-GYNs are unique in that they can play a dual role – as specialist and primary care doctor – just ask my wife who would rather eat nails than change her [female] female doctor.

Hospitals also need PCPs as referring physicians to generate business through their ERs, admissions department, outpatient centers, and/or by ordering invasive and non-invasive radiology tests, images, scans or laboratory tests, and/or sending patients to specialists who will do expensive procedures or surgery in their ORs, hospital and/or related facilities.

Doesn’t this sound like a stock broker working for his wire-house or broker-dealer?  


The PCP Loss Leader

Primary care is a loss-leader to hospitals as they make little money directly off medical practices, but can generate a great deal from the referrals and procedures the grass-roots docs generate; especially if they “play the game” like commissioned stockbrokers. And, consider brilliant medical diagnosticians, like TV’s Gregory House MD, and all those tests and procedures they can do – just to be sure!

No wonder that physician-executives and hospital administrators like Dr. Lisa Cuddy of the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital, in New Jersey, love them.

Ditto for wire-house office managers and stock-brokerage OSJs [Office of Supervisory Jurisdiction] who love their “top producers”, brokers and FAs.

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Conflicted Missions

Unfortunately, this shifts the mission of PCPs from keeping patients out of the hospital – as physical and fiscal advocate – to sending them to the hospital as a “heavy admitter-referrer” with resulting perks and swagger.

Thus, “success” of the PCP from a hospital perspective is not to avoid referrals or costly procedures, but to gather them.  However, success is a matter of perspective that may be very unfortunate for the patient, state or federal payer, private employer and/or insurance company.

Financial Advisor Analog

Does this PCP conundrum sound like the conflicted situation found with many “independent” financial advisors today? Are PCPs becoming mere patient gatherers, or profit generating shills, for their hospitals, employers or healthcare systems? Where does one’s duty rest? Are we doctor’s or medical product/procedure merchants?



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