Blue Shield Mulls Expansion of Accountable Care Program
Blue Shield of California is considering a statewide expansion of its Sacramento-based accountable care organization pilot program, which the insurer launched earlier this year with Catholic Healthcare West and Hill Physicians Medical Group. The pilot program helps coordinate care for about 38,000 retired government workers who receive coverage through CalPERS. Project organizers say the program has contributed to a 4% decline in hospital admissions, a 9% reduction in average length of hospital stay and a 24% drop in readmissions.
- "Blue Shield ACOs May Go Statewide" (Payers & Providers, 9/30).