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County health care official says doctor network ‘important step’
North Bay Business Journal

The expansion of a Marin physician’s network further into Sonoma County is a key step in assisting independent health care districts integrate services, and the alignment it will create at district hospitals is “critical to the long-term success,” according to Sonoma County’s top public health official.

The Marin-Sonoma IPA’s planned expansion, including physicians from Santa Rosa Memorial, Healdsburg District and Palm Drive hospitals, is seen as an early development in the formation of accountable care organizations, or ACOs, which are encouraged by last year’s federal health overhaul as a means to reduce cost by preventing duplicative care.