Care coordination business makes deals for two firms

Concordia Care Inc. will acquire Atlantic Imaging Group, a diagnostic testing network with radiology facilities in 48 states.

Concordia, which coordinates care through a variety of health programs, has its New Jersey location in Wall Township.

The integration of Whippany-based Atlantic’s operational resources enhances Concordia’s patient-centered, biopsychosocial Pathways 2 Recovery, or P2R, approach in managing large loss cases with resources for scheduling, information technology and radiology data management, the company said in a release.

The move also is expected to improve individual access to cost-effective diagnostic services.

The related acquisition of iHCFA, a nationwide claims clearinghouse platform, puts Concordia at the forefront of providing technology-enabled solutions through the early identification of certain clinical conditions that lead to delayed recovery, according to Concordia.

“This is a strategic fit and will mark a new era for Concordia, bringing a combination of products and services to create relevant and enhanced relationships with client decision-makers, as well as inroads into new markets,” said Concordia CEO Joseph Berardo Jr. “Atlantic and iHCFA bring valuable assets, including operational and product synergies, in addition to numerous customer affiliations with needs that correspond with the Concordia suite of services. Our intention is to manage the companies as distinct business units and partner with Dr. Bill DeGasperis, management and other core personnel to geographically expand and grow the businesses.”

Atlantic was established in 1999, and gives access to radiology and diagnostic services for those who have experienced on-the-job injuries and automobile accidents. IHCFA partners with leading medical providers and payers nationwide.

This technology will support the tech-enabled P2R model with early warning triggers identifying adverse events and creating easy referral options. The combined entities provide a continuum of care coordination services, including risk-transfer of large loss cases, biopsychosocial integration, access to world class physicians and customizable network options.

“My team and I are excited to be joining Concordia, an organization with a vision for where our industry needs to go,” DeGasperis said. “The investment Concordia will make into the companies enables rapid growth and improves customer experience. I am personally excited to partner with Joe and the veteran team he has assembled to transform the way injured parties are cared for.”

The transaction is subject to definitive agreements and expected to close at year-end.

“The ultimate beneficiaries of this unique combination of services are those with complex medical needs who access care through our P2R model and experience an improved quality of life,” Berardo said. “Our growing customer base is testimony to Concordia’s position as a market leader in specialty risk-transfer, with data, technology, unmatched expertise in care coordination and behavioral health sciences and services. Concordia lives at the intersection of quality care and total cost savings.”