• ACOs that include hospitals vs. those that don't: 7 comparisons

    While more than half of accountable care organization provider networks include hospitals, whether or not an ACO includes hospitals does not appear to affect its ability to manage hospital-related aspects of patient care, according to a study from The Commonwealth Fund. By -
  • DeKalb Physician Hospital Organization, Humana launch value-based care agreement

    Atlanta-based DeKalb Physician Hospital Organization and insurance provider Humana have expanded their relationship by adding value-based care provisions to their agreement serving Humana commercial members with the goal of enhancing the coordination of care services, improving quality and reducing healthcare costs. By -
  • BCBS of Rhode Island, Lifespan and Coastal Medicine forge accountable care agreement: 3 things to know

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Lifespan and Coastal Medical, all based in Providence, have entered into an accountable care agreement designed to improve the coordination of primary, specialty and inpatient care.    By Kelly Gooch -
  • Opinion: ACOs should use patient loyalty programs

    Accountable care organizations are missing an obvious opportunity to reduce attrition and improve patient satisfaction.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Anthem, Franciscan ACO reduced care costs by $22M

    In its first full year, the accountable care organization created by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana and Franciscan Alliance hospital system of Mishawaka, Ind., generated cost savings of nearly $22 million, reports the Indiana Business Journal. By Brooke Murphy -
  • 12 accountable care, shared savings agreements in February

    The following list includes accountable care organizations and collaborative care agreements that were announced, launched, expanded or ended in February, beginning with the most recent.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • 13 rural hospitals to form ACO

    Hamilton, Mont.-based Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and the local medical group, Ravalli Family Medicine, are banding together with a dozen other rural hospitals in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, to launch an accountable care organization, according to the Ravalli Republic.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • New Jersey ACOs get nod of approval with $3M investment

    In the spending plan proposed on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie included $3 million to assist three growing urban, Medicare accountable care organizations in Camden, Trenton, and Newark. This is the first time public funding (half federal, half state) will be made available to the three state-licensed ACOs, according to an NJSpotlight report. By Brian Zimmerman -
  • UnitedHealthcare, Florida Accountable Care Services launch ACO

    UnitedHealthcare and Orlando-based Florida Accountable Care Services are launching a joint accountable care program April 1 to improve patients' health and satisfaction while lowering costs.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Horizon awards physicians $3M in bonuses for achieving value-based goals

    Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has paid 51 medical practices across the state roughly $3 million in shared savings for achieving quality, cost efficiency and patient satisfaction goals in its 2014 Episodes of Care program.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Dickinson County Healthcare joins ACO

    Iron Mountain, Mich.-based Dickinson County Healthcare System has joined an accountable care organization, according to Upper Michigan's Source.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Aetna, Mount Sinai Health Partners launch ACO alliance

    Aetna and New York City-based Mount Sinai Health Partners, a clinically integrated network including Mount Sinai Health System and select physicians, inked a three-year deal to enhance coordinated care and lower costs through an accountable care agreement.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • River Health ACO drops out of Next Generation program

    Just weeks after its selection for the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization program, Harrisburg, Pa.-based River Health ACO chose to leave the program because it would not be able to meet the required cost targets.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Health Net, University of California expand ACO to employees

    Los Angeles-based Health Net of California is bringing accountable care to employees at University of California campuses in Davis, Irvine and San Diego this year. It already operates accountable care arrangements for employees at UC's Los Angeles and San Francisco campuses.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Cigna, Sequent Health Physician Partners roll out accountable care agreement

    Lawrenceville, Ga.-based Sequent Health Physician Partners has teamed up with payer Cigna for its first accountable care program, which launched in January.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Cigna adds 5 collaborative care agreements in Florida

    Cigna has expanded its collaborative care programs to 75,000 more Floridians through five new agreements that launched Jan. 1, bringing its total number of collaborative care arrangements in Florida to 13.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Aetna, Meridian Health form product-based ACO: 4 things to know

    Health insurer Aetna and Neptune, N.J.-based Meridian Health have created a co-branded, commercial, product-based accountable care organization.  By Kelly Gooch -
  • Florida Blue, Palm Beach ACO partner up

    Florida Blue and Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., are teaming up to provide high quality, efficient care in South Florida.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Aetna teams up with Delaware Valley ACO

    Aetna has inked an accountable care agreement with Villanova, Pa.-based Delaware Valley ACO for roughly 70,000 commercial customers in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • 2 NC hospitals join National Rural ACO consortium

    Two hospitals in North Carolina's Surry County have joined the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  By Emily Rappleye -

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