ACO Involvement Advances With Blue Cross Blue Shield Deals

Many Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, and other commercial payors, have announced accountable care organizations with providers recently, increasing payor participation in coordinated-care, according to The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

"If you were charting ACOs, there would be a steep growth curve of the last 18 months," William TenHoor, president of TenHoor & Associates, said in the report.

Blue Shield of California is one of the most active Blues plans in ACOs. It has eight ACO deals, delivering integrated care to 135,000 people in California, according to the report.

"A lot of these [ACOs] are signals that healthcare delivery has to change and financing has to change to encourage that," said Stuart Guterman, vice president and executive director of The Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System.

The commercial ACOs demonstrate a variety of ways health plans can take part in systems created for cutting costs and improving patient care, according to the report.

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