Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina announced plans for an accountable care organization with Key Physicians, an independent physician organization.
Key Physicians, based in Cary, N.C., includes more than 225 primary-care physicians, and the accountable care network is expected to include 48 medical practices, according to a news release. Plans for the ACO are under development, but the initiative will employ patient-care advocates to help individuals manage their health and will seek to help patients avoid unnecessary tests and procedures. Other plans for the ACO include extended primary-care office hours.
The ACO, which is expected to launch Jan. 1, 2013, also will incorporate spending control and quality improvement targets, a North Carolina Blues spokesman said. The specific targets are being decided, he said.