Palladian Health signs pact with Cherokee Nation

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Buffalo Business First

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Palladian Health signs pact with Cherokee Nation

June 25, 2013 Updated Jun 25, 2013 at 1:20 PM EDT

Palladian Health has signed a new contract with the Cherokee Nation to provide care management services for its members in Oklahoma.

The contract will see Palladian provide its Coordinated Spine Care (CSC) program to the tribal system, a musculoskeletal care management program that include assessment and treatment of spinal pain disorders.

The Cherokee Nation is the largest tribal health system in the country. The contract represents an opportunity for the company to expand more outside of the New York market, where the majority of its contracts are based, said Patricia Nowak, communications specialist at Palladian.

The dollar value of the contract was not released. No additional hiring is expected at this time as a result of the contract, Nowak said.

"It expands us into a new region, and it's a unique program not offered by any other provider or insurance company out there for musculoskeletal health care," she said.

Based in West Seneca, Palladian Health provide integrated health programs to large and small insurers, hospital systems and physician/employer groups. The company specializes in improving results for the management of spine and musculoskeletal health conditions. In addition to the CSC program, services include chiropractic, physical therapy, complementary and alternative medicine and wellness and prevention.

Dr. Roger Montgomery, medical director of Cherokee Nation Health Services, said in a media release the partnership will Palladian will help providers better care for patient with back pain by providing diagnostic and treatment recommendations that will lead to more uniform treatment and improved outcomes. Back pain, he said, is one of the most frequent reasons patients see a provider in the health system.

Founded in 1994 under the name of Prism Health Networks, the privately-owned Palladian Health now has a staff of more than 100 managing health programs for over four million individuals.

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