What is Best Care Collaborative?

Best Care Collaborative is an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), participating in the Next Generation ACO Model which is implemented through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Center. ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers that come together to provide coordinated, high quality care to their Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries. Coordinated care helps ensure beneficiaries, especially the chronically ill or those who are hospitalized, get the right care at the right time, and avoid unneeded duplication of services such as lab tests and x-rays.

Please visit www.medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227 (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048)) for questions or additional information about Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations.

Public Disclosure of Participation Waiver  Board Resolution Regarding Provider Activity-Based Incentive Payment Program

ACO Name and location

Best Care Collaborative
9800 S Healthpark Drive, Suite 200, Fort Myers, FL 33908

ACO Primary Contact

John Chomeau
Email: john.chomeau@bestcarecollaborative.org
Phone: 239-343-1300

Compliance Concerns

(Anonymous reporting available):

Compliance Hotline: 844-675-7692
or www.bestcarecollarborative.ethicspoint.com

Participating and Preferred Providers:

  • Lee Memorial Health System
  • The Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc. (Shell Point Retirement Community)
  • Collier Health Services (Healthcare Network of SWFL)
  • Dr. Alaa El-Gendy (Lehigh Pulmonary Associates)
  • Dr. Pedro Ylisastigui

See Full List of Providers

Medicare will inform the ACO of how patients are aligned with their physicians, but the patient can also inform us though MyMedicare.gov.  Please see the link to the Medicare website, along with an information sheet from CMS.

Fact Sheet Beneficiaries

ACO Participants and Preferred Provider Joint Ventures

Best Care Collaborative does not have any joint ventures at this time.


ACO Governing Body

Name Name of Employer
Lawrence Antonucci, MD Lee Health
Jeannie Arana, MD Lee Physician Group
John Chomeau Lee Health
Patricia Daneshmand, DO Lee Physician Group
Alfred C. Gitu, MD Lee Physician Group
Gary Goforth, MD Shell Point
Jon D. Hart, MD Lee Health
Andres Laufer, MD Lee Physician Group
Scott Nygaard, MD Lee Health
Jeffrey Pigott Lee Health
Venkat Prasad, MD Lee Physician Group
Ed Siemienas Beneficiary 
Ben Spence Lee Health
Colleen Tallen, MD Lee Physician Group
Daryl Tanski, MD Lee Physician Group
Karen Spears Patient Advocate

Key Clinical and Administrative Leadership

  • ACO Executive: John Chomeau
  • Medical Director: Venkat Prasad, MD
  • Compliance Official: Jeff Pigott

Associated Committees and Committee Leadership

  • Executive Committee: Scott Nygaard, MD, Lee Health
  • Compliance Committee: Jeff Pigott, Lee Health
  • Governance Committee: Colleen Tallen, MD, Lee Physician Group
  • Physician Advisory Council: Venkat Prasad, MD, Lee Physician Group
  • Quality: Alfred Gitu, MD, Lee Physician Group
  • Operations Committee: John Chomeau and Ben Spence (co-chairs), both Lee Health

Shared Savings and Losses

Performance Year 1 (2018): TBD
Performance Year 2 (2019): TBD
Performance Year 3 (2020): TBD

Shared Savings Distribution

The ACO’s governing board will determine a methodology for the sharing of savings if and when any gains are achieved. Best Care Collaborative has not received any Shared Savings payments to date. If we are able to receive any financial gains from this ACO initiative in the future, these gains would be used to cover the costs that we have already incurred and to support ongoing healthcare delivery.

Shared savings invested in infrastructure, redesigned care processes, and other resources necessary to improve outcomes and reduce Medicare costs of beneficiaries:

Performance Year 1 (2018): TBD
Performance Year 2 (2019): TBD
Performance Year 3 (2020): TBD

Shared savings distributed to ACO Participants and Preferred Providers:

Performance Year 1 (2018): TBD
Performance Year 2 (2019): TBD
Performance Year 3 (2020): TBD

Quality Performance Results

No quality performance results to report