13 recent accountable care, shared savings agreements

The following list includes recently announced, new or expanded accountable care organizations and collaborative care agreements, beginning with the most recent.

Editor's note: This article includes 13 agreements total, as the seventh item involves four agreements. 

1. The Memorial Hospital to launch ACO with Western Healthcare Alliance
The board of The Memorial Hospital, based in Craig, Colo., unanimously approved a recommendation from CEO John Rossfeld to become an ACO through Western Healthcare Alliance, a Grand Junction, Colo.-based alliance of rural hospitals.

2. UnitedHealthcare, Advocate expand coordinated care initiative
UnitedHealthcare and Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care plan to expand their ACO beginning July 1 from 5,500 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries to more than 80,000 UnitedHealthcare members with employer-sponsored plans. 

3. Catalyst Health Network adds Aetna
Catalyst Health Network, a clinically integrated network of primary care physicians based in Plano, Texas, will become the first physician network in the area to establish value-based agreements with the top four payers.

4. Jefferson Health renews accountable care partnership with Independence Blue Cross
Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson Health System and Independence Blue Cross announced a new multi-year agreement effective July 1 to offer Independence beneficiaries access to covered services at several Jefferson Health facilities, according to The Philadelphia Tribune.

5. Humana, Rockford Health partner for accountable care in Illinois
Humana and Rockford (Ill.) Health reached an accountable care agreement that went into effect May 1.

6. Humana, Lancaster General launch ACO
Lancaster (Pa.) General Health and Humana reached an accountable care agreement effective April 1 to improve the healthcare experience for more than 3,000 Medicare Advantage beneficiaries.

7. BCBS launches 4 more intensive medical homes in Illinois
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois launched four intensive medical homes April 1, bringing the statewide total to 14. The IMHs were launched with Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network in Princeton, Lurie Children's Health Partners in Chicago, Rush Health in Chicago and Unified Physicians Network in Skokie.

8. UnitedHealthcare, WakeMed Key Community Care launch accountable care partnership
Raleigh, N.C.-based ACO WakeMed Key Community Care and UnitedHealthcare announced a partnership to improve care coordination and health services for the more than 175,000 beneficiaries on UnitedHealthcare's employer-sponsored plans who are patients of a WKCC physician.

9. 5 Dallas health systems combine ACO efforts
Five healthcare systems based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area announced the launch of a joint ACO, comprised of 42 hospitals, 72 outpatient facilities, more than 1,300 primary care physicians and more than 4,100 specialists.

10. Providence Health & Services Western Montana and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth announce joint venture: 3 things to know
Providence Health & Services Western Montana and Denver-based Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System announced a new joint venture to create a coordinated care network in Montana, called the Northern Rockies Healthcare Alliance.


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