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Three-year accountable care initiative starting in Calif.
Modern Healthcare

A California health plan, a Tenet Corp. hospital and an independent physician association have entered into a three-year “accountable care initiative” to run from Jan. 1, 2012, through 2014 to provide integrated healthcare for some 8,000 HMO members. The agreement between the 500-doctor, Modesto, Calif.-based AllCare IPA, Blue Shield of California and the 441-bed Doctors Medical Center of Modesto announced that the initiative will last a minimum of 36 months and will result in “little to no increase” in costs to Blue Shield HMO members in 2012 and then “low single-digit increases” the following two years.