Mount Carmel Health Partners, UnitedHealthcare Link for ACO

Mount Carmel Health Partners, a physician hospital organization jointly owned by Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System and 1,500 physicians, and UnitedHealthcare have formed an accountable care organization, effective Oct. 1.

The ACO will cover more than 20,000 participants in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored health plans who currently receive care from Mount Carmel Health Partners providers.

Under the ACO agreement, participating primary care physicians will receive monthly updates on their patients to help monitor any care the patient receives. Care providers in the ACO can receive payment incentives based on improvements in things such as readmission rates, patient safety and disease management and prevention.

"Mount Carmel is an ideal partner to help deliver care that is best for each patient's unique situation and personal needs. Thanks to Mount Carmel's vision, leadership and collaboration, together we'll improve the delivery of healthcare services that will enhance both the quality and efficiency of care," Robert Falkenberg, president and CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Ohio, said in the news release.

This is Mount Carmel's second ACO program. It is the first ACO UnitedHealthcare has formed in Ohio.

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