12 ACO Developments Between Hospitals, Payors and Health Systems

1. Montefiore Medical Center in New York City expanded its contract with insurer EmblemHealth to explore an accountable care arrangement.

2. Banner Health, the parent company of 13 Arizona hospitals, is "engaged in serious discussions with private insurers" about the implementation of an accountable care organization.

3. 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.

4. Morristown, N.J.-based Atlantic Health has formed an accountable care organization with more than 300 participating physicians.

5. Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare and insurer Humana joined to create the first ACO in the Louisville area.

6. 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.

7. Cape Cod Healthcare in Hayannis, Mass., partnered with the local physician community to create two organizations with hopes of them evolving into ACOs.

8. Southeastern Wisconsin’s ProHealth Care and local independent physician association Waukesha (Wis.) Elmbrook Health Care formed the first ACO in southeast Wisconsin.

9. Casper, Wyo.-based Wyoming Medical Center is taking the first steps towards creating a statewide ACO.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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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