ACO roundup: Key news from June 22-28

California doctors outline care coordination efforts

The Daily Briefing editorial team rounds up the top accountable care stories of the past week.

  • California: The California Association of Physician Groups at their national meeting last week detailed their patient care coordination efforts and pledged to move forward no matter what the U.S. Supreme Court says about the Affordable Care Act (Marchand, California Healthline, 6/25).
  • Iowa: Quincy Medical Group (QMC) and Iowa Health System (IHS) last week finalized their plan to affiliate and enhance each group's ability to coordinate "physician-driven, patient-centered health care." As part of the agreement, QMC will join IHS's ACO (Eighinger, Quincy Herald-Whig, 6/22).
  • Vermont: The Green Mountain Care Board on Monday announced that a new pilot program to better coordinate cancer care in northeastern Vermont. The program is expected to enroll about 270 to 300 cancer patient annually and uses primary care physicians to spearhead coordination and communication among providers (Gram, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, 6/26).

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