Strive Clinical Network Exceeds Quality Goals and Produced Significant Savings with Employees Retirement System of Texas

PLANO, TEXAS – April 9, 2019 – Strive Clinical Network (Strive), an East Texas network of Primary Care physicians, has produced exceptional first-year results in its care for members of the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS). Strive exceeded quality and cost goals while delivering improved patient outcomes and experience. The network is comprised of 100 physicians with 52 locations across East Texas, including Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Livingston, and Athens.

Strive partnered with StratiFi Health, an integrated health care services company specializing in powering independent physicians, for the fiscal year ending Sept 1, 2018 to deliver a higher level of care to ERS’ employees in the East Texas market. In this first performance year, Strive saved over $2.5 million for more than 5,000 ERS members and met 85 percent of quality metrics, surpassing the goal of 75 percent. Additionally, Strive exceeded its Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAPHS) patient satisfaction survey score goal of 80 percent.

Several factors drove the dramatic results on quality and savings:

  • 93 percent of patients received follow-up test results;

  • 95 percent of patients reported getting timely appointments;

  • 98 percent reported positive doctor communication; and

  • there was an 8 percent reduction in costs versus the market, resulting in $2.5 million in savings.

“We are incredibly proud of the results achieved this year. The excellent work of our providers and the care team at StratiFi Health are making a positive impact on the East Texas community. We are happy to have ERS as a partner who recognizes and rewards our performance,” said Kyle McMorries, M.D., president of Strive Clinical Network.

Critical to the program’s success is the team-based care management model deployed by StratiFi Health to help the physicians better manage their patients’ health in an ever-changing health care system. The care team extends physicians and their practice in ways that support the employees and member dependents in chronic disease support, complex case management, health coaching, transitions of care, referral management, clinical care gap closures, and even patient scheduling.

“There is a strong sense of community in East Texas. It is not surprising that this network of doctors was able to perform so well in their first-year contract with the State of Texas. We are proud of these results – and we’re energized by them. This is a testament of what is possible when there is direct collaboration between the physicians, who provide the care, and the employer, who pays for care on behalf of the people who receive it,” said Christopher Crow, M.D., CEO of StratiFi Health.

About Strive Clinical Network

Strive Clinical Network is a network of independent physician members committed to making a difference in patients’ lives by providing a path to reduced cost and improved patient experience and outcomes. With 122 providers, 52 locations, and over 40,000 attributed patient lives, Strive Clinical Network operates as a non-profit organization building trusted relationships between physicians and patients. The network is comprised solely of physician members and managed by StratiFi Health, a physician services and population health organization. For more information, visit

About StratiFi Health

StratiFi Health exists to improve the health of communities by providing Physician Practice Services and Population Health Services that proactively shape the patient's health care experience. Grounded in deep physician practice expertise, and born from over 50 years of owning and operating physician practices, StratiFi Health appreciates that the most important relationship in health care is the physician-patient relationship. Informed by data in everything we do, StratiFi Health leverages information from all aspects of the patient's health to assess and direct high-value outcomes. To learn more about StratiFi Health, visit or follow on Twitter at @StratiFi_Health.

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Christopher Crow, MD, Lance Spivey, and Jeff Lawrence of StratiFi Health and Catalyst Health Network receive the Presidential Award of Merit

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — The Texas Academy of Family Physicians presented its Presidential Award of Merit to Christopher Crow, MD, Lance Spivey, and Jeff Lawrence of StratiFi Health and Catalyst Health Network at TAFP’s Annual Session and Primary Care Summit in Arlington on Nov. 10, 2018. TAFP President Janet Hurley, MD, chose to honor them for their leadership and dedication to the specialty of family medicine. The award is given each year to those who show outstanding contributions to healthcare in Texas.

Dr. Crow, a family physician and nationally recognized health care innovator, has spent the past 20 years focusing on helping communities thrive through improving the delivery of health care. Lance Spivey is a health care executive with more than 22 years of experience in strategic, operational, and financial management. Jeff Lawrence is responsible for driving operational excellence and has spent the past 28 years serving the health care community.

Catalyst Health Network is a nonprofit health corporation that is committed to transforming the health and well-being of North Texas communities through the power of relationships. StratiFi Health, a population health and physician practice services organization, provides the management services needed to operate the Catalyst Health Network. In tandem these organizations focus on the physician-patient relationship and improve the health of communities by proactively shaping a patient’s health care experience. To learn more about StratiFi Health and Catalyst Health Network, visit and

The Texas Academy of Family Physicians is the premier membership organization dedicated to uniting the family doctors of Texas through advocacy, education and member services, and empowering them to provide a medical home for patients of all ages. It has 33 local chapters and is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Visit for more information.


StratiFi Health Honored As One Of The Fastest-Growing, Privately Held Companies in North Texas


StratiFi Health, a company committed to transforming the delivery of health care in America, has been selected as a winner of the 2018 Dallas 100 Awards with the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship at the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. StratiFi Health ranked among the 100 fastest-growing, privately held companies in Dallas.  StratiFi Health’s evolving business model of improving patient outcomes and lowering health care costs has led to their outstanding growth.

“It is an honor for StratiFi Health to be recognized, not only for our growth as a business but also for our innovative approach to solving some of the biggest healthcare challenges of today,” said StratiFi Health CEO Christopher Crow, MD. “Entrepreneurship is vital to both our local and national economies. Our aspiration is that we encourage other organizations to find unique ways to help our communities thrive.”

StratiFi Health was recognized alongside the other outstanding winners Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. For the complete list of Dallas 100 award winners, read the full story here.


UNT Health Science Center Partners with Catalyst Health Network to Create the Providers of the Future

Partnership Will Forge New Path in North Texas Healthcare


UNT Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth is advancing its commitment to create the health providers of the future by partnering with Catalyst Health Network (Catalyst), a URAC accredited clinically integrated network known for innovation, collaboration, and patient-centered care.

Under the agreement, UNTHSC students, who include future physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists and physical therapists, will train in primary care clinical settings under the direction of Catalyst providers. While most health care providers are trained in hospital settings, the vast majority of US healthcare is practiced in ambulatory settings. UNTHSC students will receive more training in the settings in which they are most likely to eventually work.

“The agreement reinforces UNTHSC’s focus on education, research and the healthcare of the community,” said UNTHSC President Dr. Michael R. Williams. “It will also give students new opportunities to train in the clinical environment in which they will one day practice.

“Catalyst not only aligns perfectly with UNTHSC’s values, it is the future of healthcare in North Texas,” said Dr. Williams. “This unique relationship embodies everything we do regarding our mission to create the healthcare providers of the future.”

The partnership offers an opportunity to change the way healthcare is delivered by bringing together private care and an academic institution. The result is expected to improve the quality of healthcare in North Texas and expand opportunities in research and education.

“Through this partnership, we will be able to accomplish more than either organization could do alone. UNTHSC is building the workforce of the future, and Catalyst is building the healthcare model of the future,” said Christopher Crow, M.D., president Catalyst Health Network. “Together we can shape the North Texas market to be a national leader in value-based care to help our communities thrive.”

Today most residencies are hospital-based, but 90 percent of medicine is practiced in ambulatory settings. UNTHSC students will be exposed to clinical settings where care is patient-centered, team-based, and focused on wellness and prevention. Additionally, Catalyst and UNTHSC plan to incorporate residency training in ambulatory primary care, since most primary care physicians practice in this environment.

“This partnership is all about collaboration ­-- and a unique relationship that is not tied to the past,” said Dr. Michael Hicks, UNTHSC’s executive vice president of health system partnerships and clinical affairs. “It’s about doing whatever it takes to redefine healthcare in North Texas and create the healthcare leaders of the future.”


About Catalyst Health Network
Catalyst Health Network is a clinically integrated network of PCPs who have come together to provide high-quality care, helping communities thrive. With 515 primary care providers, 140 office locations, 750,000 patients, and 70 care team members, Catalyst Health Network operates as a non-profit organization improving health, coordinating care, and lowering cost – creating sustainable and predictable value. The network is comprised solely of physician members and managed by StratiFi Health, a physician services and population health organization. For more information, visit or follow @CatalystHN on Twitter.


About UNT Health Science Center
UNT Health Science Center is a graduate university comprising six colleges for health care providers, researchers and scientists. Located on a 33-acre campus in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, UNTHSC has a strong culture based on values. Through extraordinary teamwork across the campus and the community, UNTHSC produces leaders in health care and science who transform lives. For more information, visit



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