With an eye on ACOs, hospitals explore partnerships

Methodist Health Services in Peoria, Ill., has entered into a nonbinding letter of intent to form a strategic partnership with the Iowa Health System. The move is being explored by many healthcare organizations across the country as they prepare to align with partners and potential competitors to form accountable care organizations.

"We see our future more focused on managing, taking care of a population, moving away from a very episodic, fragmented system of care to one that's more integrated with our physicians," Iowa Health System Chief Executive Officer Bill Leaver told the Des Moines Register. -- Read the full article in FierceHealthFinance