BCBS of Kansas, St. Francis launch ACO

Kansas' largest payer is teaming up with Denver-based SCL Health to roll out an accountable care organization for SCL subsidiary, Topeka, Kan.-based St. Francis Health.  By Emily Rappleye -

Wellmark saves $35M in ACO contracts: 5 key statistics

Des Moines, Iowa-based Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield reported its accountable care organizations, which include contracts with 13 hospitals and clinic systems, saved $35 million last year.  By Morgan Haefner -

Non-ACO hospitals outperform ACOs in some value-based initiatives

Hospitals that participate in an ACO do not necessarily  perform better that their non-ACO peers in all Medicare value-based programs, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care. By Brooke Murphy -

Essentia, Medica launch ACO

Duluth, Minn.-based integrated health system, Essentia Health, and Minnesota payer Medica are teaming up to launch an accountable care organization in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin beginning November 1.  By Emily Rappleye -

3 Next Generation ACOs head for the door

Out of the original 21 participants in CMS' Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model, 18 remain after roughly seven months in the program, Healthcare Finance reported.  By Morgan Haefner -

HHS' Sylvia Burwell: This Iowa town should be the role model for U.S. healthcare

Fort Dodge, Iowa, is a town of about 25,000 nestled alongside the Des Moines River. It is home to the state's first public art museum, two high schools, a community college and one hospital: UnityPoint Health-Trinity.  By Emily Rappleye -

Aetna, Gateway Health in Virginia strike ACO agreement

Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna and Danville, Va.-based Gateway Health formed a commercial, product-based accountable care organization in Virginia.  By Morgan Haefner -

Why your laboratory is your best asset for growth in 2016 and beyond

Much has been written about the rapid transformative nature of healthcare occurring over the last few years. The drivers that have triggered this transformation are due to a convergence of market and technological progress, including HITECH, Meaningful Use, "big data" access, EMR adoption, the increased application of precision medicine and ACOs.  By Jonathan Northover -

OneCare Vermont selected by state to be Medicaid ACO

Colchester-based OneCare Vermont beat out the state's other two accountable care organizations to be Vermont's partner in a Medicaid initiative that would mirror the Next Generation ACO model, according to Vermont Business Magazine.  By Emily Rappleye -

Cigna, Calif. physicians group ink coordinated care contract

Cigna and Hill Physicians Medical Group in San Ramon, Calif., have entered into a collaborative care agreement to improve patient health by improving patient access to quality healthcare services. By Brooke Murphy -

12 accountable care, shared savings agreements in June

The following list includes accountable care organizations and collaborative care agreements that were announced, launched or expanded in June, beginning with the most recent.  By Emily Rappleye -

UConn, Hartford Health to team up on accountable care

Farmington-based UConn Health and Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare are working together to form an accountable care organization, according to an announcement from the University of Connecticut.  By Emily Rappleye -

Aledade signs first commercial ACO contract with BCBS

With two years of operation under its belt, Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade, a startup dedicated to helping physicians launch accountable care organizations, is announcing a new kind of partnership.  By Emily Rappleye -

DeKalb PHO, UnitedHealthcare launch ACO

Atlanta-based DeKalb Physician Hospital Organization and UnitedHealthcare are allotting more resources to coordinate patient care in Georgia.  By Emily Rappleye -

UnitedHealthcare, Aurora team up for a Medicare Advantage ACO

Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care and UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin are rolling out an accountable care organization for more than 40,000 Milwaukee residents with Medicare Advantage.  By Emily Rappleye -

Aledade rolls out 3 new ACOs, expands another

To ring in its second anniversary, Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade — a company that helps independent physicians participate in value-based care — announced Wednesday three new accountable care organizations and the expansion of another.  By Emily Rappleye -

10 W.Va. health centers team up to form ACO

Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade announced Tuesday the launch of an accountable care organization led by 10 West Virginia-based Federally Qualified Health Centers.   By Emily Rappleye -

MemorialCare extends ACO to Boeing employees

Fountain Valley, Calif.-based MemorialCare Health System is teaming up with the Boeing Company to offer a customized health plan for the aerospace company's employees and dependents in Long Beach, South Bay and Orange County.  By Emily Rappleye -

Mount Sinai Health Partners, Humana partner on value-based care model

New York City-based Mount Sinai Health Partners and health insurer Humana have partnered to create a value-based care model that aims to improve health outcomes and care coordination while reducing healthcare costs for Humana Medicare Advantage members. By Tamara Rosin -

Community, rural hospitals band to battle UVM, Dartmouth-Hitchcock ACO for Medicaid contract

In an effort to challenge "top-down" healthcare reform, Community Health Accountable Care, a Vermont-based accountable care organization, has filed a bid to compete with an ACO owned by the region's two largest hospitals, reports VT Digger. By Brooke Murphy -

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