Daughters of Charity Health System, a Los Altos Hills, Calif.-based regional provider that recently agreed to become a part of Ascension Health, has established the DCHS Medical Foundation to provide medical, surgical and other health services at existing community-based clinics in San Jose, Calif.
Ernie Wallerstein, the new foundation's president and CEO, said he wouldn't describe the new model as an accountable care organization just yet. "We have aspirations to participate," he said. "We need to get a little more in-depth in our provider network." Wallerstein added that ultimately the system would like to participate in the federal government's shared-savings program and that the foundation has reached out to larger health plans about similar models in the private sector.