Accountable Care Organization

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Blue Shield-Advocate ACO lowers cost trends

An accountable care organization between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and Advocate Health Care has reduced admission rates and prevented an increase in average length of hospital stay, according to utilization trends from Blue Cross.

ACO tablet program cuts patient readmission rates

HackensackAlliance, an accountable care organization (ACO) in Hackensack, N.J., gave its patients their own 4G tablets to better coordinate and manage their care--an investment that is paying off....

3 lessons from ACOs

As accountable care organizations become more prevalent, ACOs will likely help transform the healthcare industry, altering provider payments and introducing new care models. But there also are inevitable bumps that insurers will face along the road as ACOs mature.

Medica launches private exchange to sell ACO products

Medica has launched its own private health insurance exchange, which it hopes will set itself apart from its competitors while simultaneously driving support for the accountable care organization model.

Blue Shield teams with billionaire to boost ACO technology

Blue Shield of California wants to make its successful accountable care organization program even "bigger, faster and stronger." Having already addressed the affordability aspect that...

Horizon, Optimus Healthcare launch patient-centered ACO

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has launched a new accountable care organization (ACO) that will include 42 primary care practices and 104 primary care physicians treating more than 40,000 members.

Aetna-provider plan offers price guarantees to stay competitive

Aetna is partnering with the nation's 10th largest provider group to sell new health plans that offer price guarantees for employers and limits members' premium increases.

Fierce Q&A: New Aetna ACO leverages health IT

Aetna last week announced it's launching a new accountable care organization (ACO) with New Jersey's Hunterdon Medical Center and its 225 affiliated doctors to enhance care coordination and to revamp payment models. 

Blue Cross, Trinity Health sign ACO deal

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and health system Trinity Health-Michigan will form an accountable care organization before 2016 under a new contract in which the insurer will improve information

Wellmark launches Iowa's first ACO

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has launched Iowa's first accountable care organization with the state's largest hospital system Iowa Health. Although participating providers will continue to