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John Yindra, M.D., joins Maine Community Health Options

Posted March 07, 2013, at 5:31 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Kevin Lewis, CEO of Maine Community Health Options (MCHO), recently announced that John Yindra, M.D., has joined the organization as chief medical officer.

MCHO is a non-profit that will provide affordable health insurance to Maine people and small businesses beginning in January 2014. The enrollment start date for the plan is Oct. 1, 2013. Organized as a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP), MCHO’s mission is to provide high-quality benefits that promote health and wellbeing.

As CMO, Dr. Yindra will be responsible for assuring effective and efficient delivery of quality care that is consistent with the mission and vision of Maine Community Health Options. His experience in instituting innovative patient care models makes him well-suited to the role.

Previously, Dr. Yindra served as associate medical director of the Maine Medical Center Physician Hospital Organization. He played an instrumental role in efforts to spread the Patient Centered Medical Home model to the organization’s primary care physicians.

Dr. Yindra has worked as the medical director of Central and Western Maine PHO, the first physician hospital organization in Maine to enter into a risk contract with Anthem based on quality measures. He also has worked with the Maine Health Management Coalition in an effort to report quality measures through their Pathways to Excellence program.

Dr. Yindra had a full-time practice at the DFD Russell Medical center for 25 years and will continue to have a limited practice at that location. He received his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and is board-certified in Family Medicine with added certification in Geriatric Medicine. He and Sara, his wife of 39 years, live in Portland.

More information about Maine Community Health Options can be found at www.maineoptions.org. For more information about CO-OPs, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/law/features/choices/co-op/index.html.

Maine Community Health Options is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) created through a program of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). MCHO is a private, nonprofit entity governed by a customer-based Board of Directors, which gives enrollees a strong voice in the management and development of the plan. For more information on MCHO please visit www.maineoptions.org.

Maine Community Health Options

For more information, contact:

Kevin Lewis | 207-402-3330

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