DeKalb PHO, UnitedHealthcare launch ACO

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

The two organizations have created an accountable care program for more than 250,000 people with employer-sponsored UnitedHealthcare plans. "Our multispecialty physician leadership and population health analytics have given network practices the ability to increase quality and efficiency while reducing redundancy and healthcare costs," DPHO Board Chairman Albert Wildstein, MD, said in a statement. "We are enhancing care coordination across care settings, and our partnership with UnitedHealthcare enables the network to provide improved care to more patients in our community."

Through the partnership, UnitedHealthcare will provide DPHO member hospitals and physicians with additional data to support population health, identify gaps in care and proactively identify patients with health needs or high-risk issues. DPHO providers will have the opportunity to share in savings generated by the value-based, patient-centered model of care delivery.

This arrangement is one of more than 750 accountable care programs UnitedHealthcare has started around the country. It has awarded physicians and hospitals more than $48 billion under value-based arrangements over the past three years and expects that figure to reach $65 billion by the end of 2018.


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