ACO in works for St. Joseph, Blue Shield of Cal­i­for­nia

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

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.

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