Franciscan St. Francis Health, Indianapolis, entered into an exclusive provider agreement with Indiana Internal Medicine Consultants, an Indianapolis practice with about 40 physicians.
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A St. Francis spokesman said IIMC is "another piece in the puzzle" as its parent works toward being recognized as an accountable care organization. St. Francis is a division of Franciscan Alliance, a Catholic system based in Mishawaka, Ind. Franciscan has not taken an ownership stake in the group under the agreement, which was effective Oct. 1, the spokesman said. No financial terms were disclosed.
"Of the integrated health systems or accountable care organizations being formed, we know that St. Francis offers the specific advantages, such as the electronic medical-records system, range of associated specialists and many convenient access points," IIMC CEO Dr. William Buffie said in a news release.
Specialties covered by the IIMC physicians include internal medicine, pulmonology, critical care, rheumatology, family practice, infectious disease and sleep medicine.
Robert Brody, president and CEO of 230-bed St. Francis, said in the release that the tighter alignment with IIMC will support integrated care and case management. "The agreement advances a more holistic framework," Brody said.
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