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Florida Blue, Memorial Form ACO

Florida Blue says it is forming its 10th Accountable Care Organization with South Florida’s Memorial  Healthcare System.

Memorial, which treats more than 20,000 patients, includes six hospitals and a network of more than 1,000 primary and specialty care physicians based in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, the Miami Herald reports. 

ACOs, created under the Affordable Care act, offer financial incentives to coordinate patient care and improve outcomes.

Florida Blue has been aggressively forging ACO agreements with hospital and physician networks across the state. Other partnerships include Orlando Health and First Coast Health Alliance in St. John’s County.

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