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CAM­BRIDGE, Mass.— The Cam­bridge Health Al­liance and Beth Is­rael Dea­coness Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Bos­ton agreed to form a clin­i­cal and aca­demic af­fil­i­a­tion. Cam­bridge Health Al­liance, op­er­ated by a pub­lic au­thor­ity es­tab­lished by the state Leg­is­la­ture in 1996, is com­posed of Cam­bridge Hos­pi­tal and hos­pi­tal cam­puses in Somerville and Everett, as well as the Cam­bridge Pub­lic Health Depart­ment. The tighter in­te­gra­tion comes ahead of the Cam­bridge Health Al­liance’s plans to join the Beth Is­rael Dea­coness Care Or­ga­ni­za­tion in 2014. The ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion, formed with Har­vard Med­i­cal Fac­ulty Physi­cians, is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the CMS’ Pi­o­neer ACO model. The new af­fil­i­a­tion with Beth Is­rael Dea­coness will not af­fect the pub­lic sys­tem’s own­er­ship or gov­er­nance. Un­der the agree­ment, pend­ing re­view by the state Health Pol­icy Com­mis­sion, the two or­ga­ni­za­tions will work to­gether on physi­cian re­cruit­ment and qual­ity im­prove­ment ini­tia­tives, ac­cord­ing to a fil­ing with state reg­u­la­tors. Beth Is­rael Dea­coness will be a pre­ferred provider for ter­tiary and qua­ter­nary care for pa­tients re­ferred by the Cam­bridge Health Al­liance, and the or­ga­ni­za­tions have es­tab­lished ac­cess to each other’s elec­tronic health records. “This is an im­por­tant com­po­nent of our trans­for­ma­tion into a high­per­form­ing, high-value health sys­tem that can bet­ter adapt to a rapidly chang­ing mar­ket­place with new pay­ment mod­els that aim to im­prove pop­u­la­tion health,” Cam­bridge Health Al­liance CEO Pa­trick Wardell said in a news re­lease.

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