The Franciscan Alliance, the nine-hospital Catholic health system based in Mishawaka, Ind., formerly known as Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, has formed an accountable care organization.
Franciscan Alliance forms ACO
It began this effort after entering into an agreement Jan. 1 with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to provide patients enrolled in the state-funded Hoosier Healthwise and the Healthy Indiana Plan Medicaid programs more access to integrated healthcare, according to a news release from Franciscan.
“It has been our vision to provide better and more affordable care to our patients and elevate efficiency among our hospitals, physicians and insurers,” said Kevin Leahy, Franciscan Alliance president and CEO, in a news release. “The ACO we are creating benefits patients by giving them more of a role in directing their own care, offering them more incentives for disease prevention and pursuing healthier lifestyles, and significantly reducing duplicative medical tests.”
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