The latest private initiative to claim the status of an accountable care organization is a collaboration between Anthem Blue Cross of Woodland Hills, Calif., and the Individual Practice Association Medical Group of Santa Clara County.
Anthem, Calif. IPA to collaborate on ACO
The initiative aims to provide coordinated, seamless medical care to Anthem PPO members in the Silicon Valley, according to an Anthem news release.
The initiative was described as the first of its kind in Northern California, and includes a direct contract agreement between Anthem and the IPA, which is based in San Mateo, Calif.
The private ACO, which is unrelated to the CMS initiative to launch ACOs nationwide for Medicare patients, according to an Anthem spokeswoman, is expected to enroll “tens of thousands of PPO members” who are already patients of the partnering physician group. The physician network includes 284 primary-care physicians, 550 specialists and ten acute-care facilities in Santa Clara County.
The initiative will include care coordination, chronic disease management, increased provider accountability, and improved availability of medical information for patient decisionmaking, according to the release.
The initiative will include patients who already receive the majority of their medical care from participating physicians and who already have “a strong physician/patient relationship.”
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