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Blue Shield, San Francisco, major providers start accountable care initiatives
San Francisco Business Times

Blue Shield of California, the city of San Francisco, and five major health care providers – Brown & Toland Physicians, California Pacific Medical Center, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Catholic Healthcare West and the University of California, San Francisco – are joining forces on two related “accountable care” initiatives as part of what city officials call an “aggressive” strategy to provide more cost effective care for 26,000 San Francisco city government employees, retirees and dependents. The initiatives will start July 1 and continue at least a year, according to Blue Shield, although the goal is for them to be longer-term in nature. Initial savings are projected “conservatively” at $10 million to $15 million per year, said Blue Shield spokesman Johnny Wong.