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Baptist Health, University of Arkansas form strategic alliance to grow GME, improve care coordination

Baptist Health and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, both based in Little Rock, Ark., formed a strategic alliance to improve population health and offer more educational opportunities, while maintaining their independence.

Under a statement of strategic intent, the two organizations plan to increase graduate medical education opportunities by adding more residency programs. They plan to first launch a residency program in internal and family medicine at Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock.

They are also evaluating ways to improve clinical care and population health management. Baptist Health and UAMS are working together to roll out a Medicare ACO for 50,000 patients in 2018, and have plans to work with Little Rock-based Arkansas Children's, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Bost to launch a coordinated care effort for Arkansas Medicaid patients.

"Arkansas faces a wide range of significant health challenges, including obesity, cancer, heart disease, mental health and premature death," UAMS Interim Chancellor Stephanie Gardner, PharmD, EdD, said in a statement. "Through this enhanced alliance, UAMS and Baptist Health can better help address those challenges to improve the health and well-being of Arkansans."


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