Two hospitals in Michigan's Upper Peninsula have created a partnership to establish an accountable care organization.
Michigan hospitals partner up to form ACO
With an agreement effective July 1, 315-bed Marquette (Mich.) General Hospital and 25-bed Bell Hospital in Ishpeming formed Superior Health Partners to act as a parent to an ACO that will include both hospitals and potentially others in the region. Marquette President and CEO Gary Muller was named president and CEO of Superior Health Partners. Both hospitals, which will remain independent, are represented on the newly established board.
Muller and Bell President and CEO Rick Ament describe the initiative as an effort to enhance physician recruitment, slow the migration of patients away from the Upper Peninsula for healthcare, and prepare for the evolution of healthcare payment and delivery under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Under the law, for example, groups of providers that work together as ACOs to manage and coordinate care will be eligible to keep savings achieved for Medicare if they meet quality targets.
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