Our Organization

The NEQCA network, founded in 2005 by Tufts Medical Center and Primary Care, LLC as a
non-profit  corporation, includes solo and group practices, Independent Practice Associations (IPAs), Physician Hospital Organizations, and academic and community physicians.  NEQCA physicians are organized into groups called Local Care Organization (LCOs). LCO physicians are on staff at community hospitals throughout eastern Massachusetts, keeping local care at local hospitals while working with and referring to NEQCA colleagues at Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children for tertiary care needs.

NEQCA LCOs include:

  • Cape Physicians, LLC 
  • Hallmark Health PHO
  • Healthcare South
  • Highland Healthcare Associates, IPA 
  • MassBay Medical Associates, LLC 
  • Merrimack Valley IPA 
  • MetroWest Accountable Healthcare Organization, LLC 
  • Milton  Primary Care, LLC 
  • PediSouth, LCO (includes: Alan Bulotsky, MD & Associates, PC, Allied  Pediatrics  of Greater Brockton, and Pediatric Associates, Inc. of Brockton) 
  • Primary Care Medical Associates, LLC 
  • Plymouth Bay Primary Care, LLC 
  • Tufts Medical Center Physician Organization & Community 
  • Woburn Pediatrics


The majority of NEQCA’s Board of Trustees seats are held by community physicians. The Board also includes a community hospital seat and an independent seat to ensure the inclusion of crucial voices in discussions.
Board Member Specialty Local Care Organization (LCO)/Other

Pauline Chao, MD Internal Medicine Nephrology Primary Care Medical Associates, LLC (Norwood)
Deb Blazey-Martin, MD
Chief Internal Medicine and Primary Care
Internal Medicine
Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization (PO)
Chief Medical Officer

New England Quality Care Alliance
Chuck Cassidy, MD
Orthopedics Tufts Medical Center Physician Organization (PO)
Michele Crage, MD
Internal Medicine Nephrology Highland Healthcare Associates IPA
Dan Driscoll, MD Internal Medicine Milton Primary Care, LLC
Steve Golden, MD Family Medicine Healthcare South
Elizabeth Burba, MD Pediatrics Woburn Pediatrics
Scott Kirschner
Director of Benefits Strategy
N/A Iron Mountain
Jeff Lasker, MD
President & CEO
Pediatrics New England Quality Care Alliance
Eric Silverman, MD N/A MetroWest Accountable Health Care Organization, LLC
Genia Long
Tufts MC Trustee & Senior Advisor
Analysis Group, Inc.
Bob McGowen, MD
Vice Chairman
Internal Medicine Southcoast Physicians Network
Kanu Patel, MD Internal Medicine Highland Healthcare Associates IPA
Deeb Salem, MD
Chairman of Medicine
Cardiology Tufts Medical Center
David Schroeder, MD Internal Medicine Southwest Boston Primary Care, LLC
Luis Valles, MD Pediatrics Highland Healthcare Associates IPA
Mike Wagner, MD
President & CEO
Internal Medicine Tufts Medical Center
Vacant Community Hospital Trustee
Vacant   Community LCO