ACO model may evolve into joint affiliations

Hospitals and healthcare systems under pressure to transition to value-based care would do well to beef up their ties to integrated healthcare networks that have expertise in primary care and multispecialty group practice, according to a recent post at NEJM Catalyst. A specific example is Emory Healthcare system in Atlanta affiliating with CareMore Health System, which operates Medicare Advantage health plans in several states. Emory wound up with CareMore enrollees in the Atlanta area, while CareMore helped Emory overhaul its clinical services and the coordination of care. The authors of the article, physicians affiliated with both Emory and CareMore, believe that such arrangements will be adopted by Pioneer and Next Generation Accountable Care Organizations. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare