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Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Rachel Lan­den

NAPLES, Fla.— Health Man­age­ment As­so­ciates, an in­vestor-owned hos­pi­tal com­pany based in Naples, and Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield li­censee, will form an ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion to serve pa­tients in Bre­vard County, Fla. HMA’s physi­cians, along with two of its hos­pi­tals—115-bed Wuesthoff Med­i­cal Cen­ter-Melbourne and 291-bed Wuesthoff Med­i­cal Cen­ter-Rock­ledge— will op­er­ate the ACO with Florida Blue. “This part­ner­ship with Florida Blue is de­signed to en­sure that em­ploy­ers and in­di­vid­u­als re­ceive value through im­proved health and lower costs,” Alan Levine, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of HMA and pres­i­dent of its Florida group of 23

hos­pi­tals, said in a news re­lease. “Ac­count­able care mod­els like this re­duce the frag­men­ta­tion of care and pro­vide in­cen­tives to in­crease care co­or­di­na­tion, to im­prove pa­tient out­comes, and to lower cost,” Pat Ger­aghty, chair­man and CEO of Florida Blue, said in the re­lease. Florida Blue has en­tered ac­count­able care con­tracts with sev­eral other hos­pi­tals and sys­tems in the state. In Fe­bru­ary, the in­surer and Cleve­land Clinic Florida-We­ston signed a let­ter of in­tent to cre­ate an ac­count­able care ar­range­ment. In De­cem­ber of last year, Florida Blue an­nounced agree­ments with Mof­fitt Can­cer Cen­ter, Tampa, Fla.; Holy Cross Physi­cian Part­ners, Fort Laud­erdale, Fla.; and NCH Health­care Sys­tem, Naples, Fla.

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