“Progressive organizations like First Coast Health Alliance realize the importance of moving away from the fee-for-service model to one that focuses on quality outcomes and reduces the cost burden for all stakeholders,” Andy Marino, vice president of delivery system for Florida Blue, said in a news release.
Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Fla., partnered with 188 community physicians in May 2013 to form First Coast Health Alliance. Its agreement with Florida Blue marks the ninth accountable care-based structure that the Blues plan has enacted in the state. Last year, Florida Blue announced agreements with Cleveland Clinic (Weston) Florida; Health Management Associates, Naples, Fla.; and Orlando Health.
“Together, our physician members and Flagler Hospital represent the largest constituency of healthcare providers in our county, so forming a relationship with our community's largest commercial insurer makes perfect sense,” First Coast Health Alliance President Dr. Miguel Machado said in the release.
The first year of the agreement includes all commercial fully insured and self-insured groups as well as federally employed members. There are plans to expand the program to include other products this year.
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