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Optimus, N.J. Blues launch ACO


By Melanie Evans
Posted: August 13, 2012 - 12:45 pm ET
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Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey said more than 40,000 individuals will be included under a newly launched accountable care organization with Optimus Healthcare Partners.

The ACO, which will include 11 New Jersey counties, will offer incentive payments to the 104 primary-care doctors included in the deal and will include commercially insured and Medicare Advantage patients, according to a news release announcing the deal.

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The 42 primary-care practices in the deal may use incentive payments to support clinical activities, according to the release. Doctors who reach certain performance targets for cost, quality and patient satisfaction will receive a share of savings.

Optimus was founded by the Vista Health System IPA and the Central Jersey Physician Network, according to the release, and also has partnered with Atlantic Health System, Morris Somerset IPA and Morris Area Integrated Physicians IPA. Optimus was named earlier this year in another accountable care initiative under Medicare's shared-savings program.


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