Texas Health Resources said the health system would enter talks with a second possible accountable care partner.
Executives with Texas Health, Arlington, and University of Texas Health System's Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, will begin talks in the coming month about a possible accountable care organization, said Wendell Watson, a Texas Health spokesman.
The two organizations will also discuss joint research and education efforts, Watson said. The agreement, which may expand to include other north Texas hospitals, could also develop a joint database for research on outcomes and cost, according to a news release. Texas Health, which includes 13 hospitals, and 422-bed Southwestern Medical Center may also consider joint post-acute-care projects, the release said.
In May, Texas Health and Methodist Health System
, Dallas, announced similar talks.