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Case Study Series Examines the Development of New ACOs

A new case study series focuses on four sites involved in pilots of accountable care organizations (ACOs), part of a program led by the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at Brookings and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. The pilot sites, chosen for their experience in managing financial risk, investment in health information technology, and commitment to improving clinical care quality, include:

  • HealthCare Partners, a medical group and independent practice association (IPA) in Los Angeles that will provide care coordination for 50,000 Anthem preferred provider organization (PPO) members.
  • Monarch HealthCare, a large IPA in Orange County, Calif., that plans to provide care coordination and care navigation support for 25,000 Anthem PPO members.
  • Norton Healthcare, an integrated delivery system in the Louisville, Ky., area that is partnering with Humana to design an ACO serving about 7,000 Norton and Humana self-insured employees.
  • Tucson Medical Center, a locally governed, nonprofit, community-based acute care hospital system in Tucson, Ariz., that will work with its seven affiliated physician groups and United Healthcare to establish a virtually integrated ACO.

To learn more about how health care organizations have made the transition to an ACO and hear from some of the ACO sites, listen to the discussion and view the presentation slides from a Jan. 19 webinar on ACO formation.

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