6 recently announced accountable care agreements

The following is a roundup of recently announced accountable care organizations or collaborative care agreements, beginning with the most recent.

1. St. Luke's, BlueCross launch accountable care arrangement
Bethlehem, Pa.-based St. Luke's University Health Network and Capital BlueCross entered into an accountable care agreement, with an aim at improving patient health outcomes and patient satisfaction while reducing healthcare costs.

2. Centura, UnitedHealthcare launch ACO in Colorado
Englewood, Colo.-based Centura Health and Colorado Health Neighborhoods — Centura's physician provider network — are collaborating with health insurer UnitedHealthcare to launch an ACO aimed at improving the quality of care and reducing healthcare costs for nearly 17,000 UnitedHealthcare members in Colorado.

3. Children's Hospital of Orange County, St. Joseph Hoag Health Launch ACO
Irvine, Calif.-based St. Joseph Hoag Health and Orange, Calif.-based Children's Hospital of Orange County are forming an ACO.

4. BCBS of North Carolina, WakeMed Key Community Care collaborate for accountable care
Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed Key Community Care, an ACO, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina signed an accountable care agreement.

5. UnityPoint Health Partners ACO, UnitedHealthcare collaborate to improve care in Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa-based UnityPoint Health Partners — an ACO created through collaboration between UnityPoint Health in Des Moines and approximately 2,500 independent and employed physicians — and UnitedHealthcare are partnering with an aim of improving the quality of care for more than 36,000 UnitedHealthcare members.

6. Presence Health Partners, Cigna Ink ACO Deal
Chicago-based Presence Health Partners entered into an accountable care agreement with Cigna.

More articles on ACOs:

BCBS of Illinois plans to have 16 ACOs by 2015
Report: ACOs to cover 130M lives by 2017

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