10 Recently Launched ACOs

Here are 10 hospitals, physician groups, health systems and insurers that have recently formed ACOs.

1. 2 New Jersey IPAs Will Form ACO
Two independent practice associations in New Jersey — VISTA Health System in Summit and Central Jersey Physician Network — will form an accountable care organization called Optimus Healthcare Partners.

2. New Jersey's Atlantic Health Launches ACO
Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health has formed an accountable care organization with more than 300 participating physicians.

3. Kentucky's Norton Healthcare, Humana Form ACO
Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare and insurer Humana joined to create the first ACO in the Louisville area.

4. Illinois' Advocate Health Care, BCBS Announce Accountable Care Agreement
Oak Brook, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois announced a three-year agreement in which the organizations will operate as an accountable care organization.

5. Massachusetts's Cape Cod Healthcare Partners with Local Physicians to Create ACOs
Cape Cod Healthcare in Hayannis, Mass., partnered with the local physician community to create two organizations with hopes of them evolving into ACOs.

6. Southeastern Wisconsin Health System, IPA Launch Accountable Care Organization
Southeastern Wisconsin’s ProHealth Care and local independent physician association Waukesha (Wis.) Elmbrook Health Care formed the first ACO in southeast Wisconsin.

7. Wyoming Medical Center Takes First Steps Toward Statewide ACO
Casper, Wyo.-based Wyoming Medical Center is taking the first steps towards creating a statewide ACO.

8. Caritas Christi Sale Finalized; New For-Profit System Plans ACO
With the sale of non-profit Caritas Christ Health Care to for-profit Cerberus Capital Management complete, the new system is planning an ACO. The six-hospital system in the Boston area will operate under a Cerberus affiliate, Steward Health Care System.

9. Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Anthem Launch Pilot for an ACO
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, New Hampshire’s largest healthcare provider, and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield launched a pilot payment program to prepare for an ACO.

10. Blue Shield of California, CHW and Hill Physicians Create ACO for Retired California State Employees
Blue Shield of California, Catholic Healthcare West and San Ramon, Calif.-based Hill Physicians launched an accountable care organization to coordinate care for more than 40,000 members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

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