Recent Network Developments

Stay up-to-date on news related to the Population Health Services Organization (PHSO), Physician Network, and general ambulatory developments.


UC San Diego Health PHSO Recognized as a 4.5 Star Provider Organization by IHA

March 14, 2023

The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has awarded its top-performing provider organizations for the Align.Measure.Perform (AMP) Medicare Advantage program in Measurement Year (MY) 2021. UC San Diego Health Population Health Services Organization (PHSO) received a 4.5/5.0 star award.

The 4.5 star designation recognizes a high level of Medicare Advantage quality achievement. To earn this recognition, a provider organization must achieve an overall star rating of 4.5 across all clinical quality measures reported by IHA. Only 43 of 174 (25%) participating provider organizations achieved this performance level in MY 2021

About the Integrated Healthcare Association AMP Program

The IHA’s AMP program uses standard measurement to promote healthcare quality in Medicare Advantage, providing aggregated performance data that allow participants to understand how they’re performing compared to the market and their peers. The program aligns with the measures and methodologies that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses for its Star Ratings programs for health plans. The top performing provider organizations receive annual recognition awards.

To learn more about IHA, please visit here.

UC San Diego Health PHSO ‘Love Your Heart’ Event

February 23, 2023

The UC San Diego Health Population Health Services Organization (PHSO) ran a no-cost blood pressure screening event for the community during Valentine’s Day week. Knowing your blood pressure numbers is a vital first step toward heart health. Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the United States, and the second leading cause of death in San Diego County.

The 2022 event had over 46,400 participants screened online and in-person at 287 sites across the U.S. and Mexico, with over 6,000 blood pressure cuffs distributed across San Diego County.

About Love Your Heart

Love Your Heart is an annual event in which organizations from across the U.S. and Mexico join together to provide FREE blood pressure screenings to the public on or near Valentine’s Day. The event brings together community partners to prevent heart disease and stroke and empowers the public to take control of their heart health, know their blood pressure numbers, and know what they mean.

To learn more about the Love Your Heart event, please visit here.

Parag Agnihotri, MD, CMO, Population Health Services & Physician Network

UC San Diego Health Achieves 2023 Connect Accreditation through Epic

February 13, 2023

Connect Accreditation is an achievement for Connect hosts that have happy Connect sites, demonstrate good Epic use, and are following Connect best practices. It also allows prospective organizations to find a great Connect host, knowing that there are others like them live and successful on that instance.

UC San Diego Health is one of 50 organizations to have achieved a Connect Accreditation for 2023. To view the full list, please visit here.

About Epic Systems

Epic develops software to help people get well, help people stay well, and help future generations be healthier. There are more than 280 million patients that have a current electronic record in Epic. The software is used in academic medical centers, community hospitals, multi-specialty groups, rehab centers, patients’ homes, and more. To learn more about Epic Systems, please visit here.

UC San Diego Health PHSO Contributes to Award-Winning AI Platform at Prime Health Innovation Challenge

February 10, 2023

The Prime Health Annual Innovation Challenge is a 5-month program that advances healthcare through technological innovation, aiming to improve health equity, access, quality, and cost for underserved communities in Colorado and California. The UC San Diego Health Population Health Services Organization (PHSO) partnered with the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering on an AI platform called, and were among hundreds of healthcare and technology participants.

“We are excited to have collaborated on with the aim of improving the care of patients with Hypertension. is helping patients with self-management and education towards adopting a healthier lifestyle and lowering cardiovascular risk”, said Parag Agnihotri, MD, CMO for Population Health Services Organization (PHSO) and the UCSD Health Physician Network.

The Innovation Challenge was powered by the Colorado Health Foundation and California Health Care Foundation. Sujit Dey, PhD, Jacobs Family Endowed Chair in Management and Engineering Leadership at University of California San Diego, remarked on their achievement, “we are excited to receive the Prime Health’s 2022 Innovation Challenge – ‘People’s Choice Award’.‘s innovative Blood pressure management AI platform was made possible thanks to the collaboration with UCSD Health’s PHSO team. We are glad to bring this innovative AI product designed towards improving health equity, quality and cost to our communities.”

To view the full list of Innovation Challenge winners, please visit here.

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About Prime Health

Prime Health advances health justice, equity, access, quality and cost through innovation, collaboration, and community building. Together with the communities they serve, Prime Health delivers impact and equity-focused, value-based, and technology-driven health reform. They improve care by accelerating the adoption of sustainable and impactful solutions, technologies, clinical models, and partnerships.