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.

The ACO will focus on improving access to health information so physicians are better able to coordinate a patient's care across the care continuum. More than 20,000 members with UnitedHealthcare individual and employer-sponsored plans are eligible to receive care through the program.

FACS already includes more than 350 physicians who are experienced in managing and operating ACOs.

"We are excited to partner with UnitedHealthcare to apply our expertise in healthcare innovation and patient-centered programs to improve the health of their plan participants and advance toward overall population health management," Sandeep Bajaj, MD, founder and CEO of FACS, said in a statement. "Together, we expect to achieve even better health outcomes and improve patient satisfaction, while reducing the overall cost of care."

In honor of the new ACO, FACS and UnitedHealthcare celebrated the grand opening of the Florida Emergent Care Center at FACS' Winter Park campus, which is intended to provide a more affordable, more convenient alternative to the emergency room.


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