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Blue Shield, Hill, Dignity Health launch ACO
Sacramento Business Journal

Blue Shield of California, Hill Physicians Medical Group and Dignity Health are starting a three-year Affordable Care Organization effort in San Joaquin County to provide “integrated, cost-efficient” health care to 14,600 Blue Shield HMO enrollees in the region.

About 10,300 of those enrollees are covered through the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.

The goal is to hold costs steady the first year, with “low, single-digit increases” in subsequent years.  ACOs are seen as a key to success of national health reform, but the jury is still out on whether they’ll pull their weight in terms of controlling costs while maintaining or improving quality.