First Coast Health Alliance, a physician-hospital organization in Jacksonville, Fla., has teamed up with Florida Blue, the state's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, to form an accountable care program to serve patients in St. Johns County, Fla.
Jan. 1 marked the first day of the three-year program, designed to improve the quality and coordination of patient care while also reducing healthcare costs. The arrangement's compensation structure calls for shared savings based on risk-adjusted per member, per month cost targets that will be set annually, said Paul Kluding, a spokesman for Florida Blue.
“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 (Fla.) Health.
The first year of the agreement includes all commercial fully insured and self-insured groups as well as federally employed members.
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