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6. Franciscan Alliance (Mishawaka, Ind.). The 13-hospital system formed an ACO in Feb. 2010. Franciscan Alliance operates hospitals in both Illinois and Indiana and employs more than 550 physicians, with plans to expand its team to more than 630 physicians next year. The system took its first step towards ACO formation in late 2010 when it forged an agreement with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to provide patients enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise and the Healthy Indiana Plan with access to a more integrated system.

7. Methodist Health System (Dallas). In May, Methodist partnered with Texas Health Resources, based in Arlington, to develop a multi-provider ACO. Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, said the non-profit health systems both have strong faith-based foundations and are anchored in complementary locations. Prior to the announcement, the organizations had been participating in ACO preparatory projects with Premier, a national healthcare performance improvement alliance.

8. Norton Healthcare (Louisville, Ky.). In Nov. 2010, Norton partnered with insurer Humana, also based in Louisville, to create the first ACO in the Louisville area. Humana has approximately 10 million medical members, and non-profit Norton is comprised of five Louisville hospitals with nearly 2,300 total physicians on its medical staff. The ACO was launched as part of the Brookings-Dartmouth ACO Pilot Project.

9. OhioHealth (Columbus, Ohio). In June, OhioHealth announced its collaboration with Ohio-based health insurer Medical Mutual and the Medical Group of Ohio to form the Health4 program, which basically functions as an ACO. The 18-hospital system formed Health4 with MGO in 2009. The partnership focused on a clinically integrated pay-for-quality approach to healthcare. Now, through the partnership with an insurer, Health4 physicians and hospitals will be financially rewarded when quality measures are met and savings are realized.

10. ProHealth Care (Waukesha, Wis.). In Oct. 2010, ProHealth partnered with Waukesha Elmbrook Health Care, a local independent physician association, to form the first ACO in southeast Wisconsin. The ACO, called ProHealth Solutions, includes more than 475 WEHC physicians. Other participants include Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and ProHealth's behaviorial health, home care and hospice facilities. 

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