Dig­nity Health, Van­guard plan to part­ner on ACO

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Dig­nity Health, San Fran­cisco, and Van­guard Health Sys­tems, Nashville, said they will seek to form a Medi­care ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion in Ari­zona. The not-for-profit Cal­i­for­nia sys­tem, which owns three Ari­zona hos­pi­tals, and for-profit Van­guard, which owns five Ari­zona hos­pi­tals oper­at­ing as Abrazo Health Care, said they will sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion to Medi­care by the Septem­ber dead­line, ac­cord­ing to a joint state­ment. The part­ners also in­tend to cre­ate a clin­i­cally in­te­grated net­work and will seek to in­crease the num­ber of doc­tors who will par­tic­i­pate in the ACO. The deal will help the two health sys­tems re­spond to “the chang­ing health­care en­vi­ron­ment,” ac­cord­ing to the state­ment. “The de­liv­ery of health­care will continue to change and evolve over the next decade,” said Jon Bartlett, Ari­zona area pres­i­dent for Abrazo.

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