Blue Shield-Catholic Healthcare-physician group partnership saved $20M

The partnership of Blue Shield of California, Catholic Healthcare West, and Hill Physicians Medical Group saved more than $20 million in costs last year, indicating care coordination between an insurance provider, a hospital chain, and a physician group actually could produce cost savings, reports the Los Angeles Times. Similar to the accountable care model, the partnership between the three organizations cut costs in overweight patients and emergency patients, as well as reduced readmissions, by closely following patients after discharge. Article