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Texas Health Resources, Southwestern Medical Center to discuss ACO

By Melanie Evans
Posted: September 14, 2011 - 5:00 pm ET

Texas Health Resources said the health system would enter talks with a second possible accountable care partner.

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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.

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