ACO in works for St. Joseph, Blue Shield of California
St. Joseph Health System, Orange, Calif., and Blue Shield of California, San Francisco, plan to set up an accountable care organization involving 30,000 Blue Shield HMO members in Orange County. The ACO, to be launched Jan. 1, 2012, will involve St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Mission Hospital, with campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, and the St. Joseph Home Health Ministry, as well as three affiliated physician networks and three medical groups, according to a news release. The ACO program is set up to run for a minimum of 12 months with the intention of extending it beyond that period. “As a faith-based organization, we understand the importance of providing perfect care that optimizes clinical quality, patient safety and patient experience, which is why we are collaborating with Blue Shield to deliver medical cost relief to the communities that we serve,” C.R. Burke, president and CEO of St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, part of St. Joseph Health System, said in the release.