Florida Blue, NCH Healthcare Sign ACO Agreement

Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare System and Jacksonville-based Florida Blue have signed an accountable care organization agreement that shifts from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based reimbursement.

The collaboration aims to improve patient outcomes while avoiding the overutilization of resources. About 4,200 patients will be included in the program, which will begin in 2013, according to a report by the Naples Daily News.

The program will include NCH Healthcare Group, which has 64 physicians and 25 nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

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