Blue Shield of Calif., St. Joseph Health Team Up for ACO
Blue Shield of California and St. Joseph Health System have announced plans to launch an accountable care organization. The ACO -- which is set to launch Jan. 1, 2012 -- is expected to serve about 30,000 Blue Shield HMO members in Orange County who are patients at St. Joseph. The ACO will last for a minimum of 12 months, "with the intent of extending the collaboration to have a material, sustainable impact on health care costs for members and employers over time," according to a Blue shield release.
- "Blue Shield of California, St. Joseph Health To Launch ACO" (Anderson, Healthcare Finance News, 7/29).
- "Blue Shield of Calif., St. Joseph Plan ACO" (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 7/29).