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Healthcare Partners, Monarch, and Anthem Blue Cross Chosen for Innovative National Healthcare Program
Date:5/25/2010

nefit from the care coordination, chronic disease management, increased provider accountability, and improved information for patient decision-making that are hallmarks of the new model. Because the ACO model introduces appropriate incentives for physicians to collaborate, be thoughtful in the provision of care, and meet or exceed quality benchmarks, it holds great promise for enhancing patient outcomes and increasing efficiency.

Mike Ramseier, vice president, provider engagement and contracting with Anthem Blue Cross states, "Anthem Blue Cross is excited to be leading the way in California and nationally to transform the current delivery model by collaborating with employers, members, hospitals and physicians to provide our members with the right care, at the right time, and at the right cost.

President of Anthem Blue Cross Leslie A. Margolin added, "This program, along with our patient safety initiative Patient Safety First… a California Partnership for Health, where we have teamed up with the state's three hospital associations, and the National Health Foundation, are examples of our commitment to work together along with hospitals and medical groups to drive quality, cost and safety improvements across the state's system of care," said Margolin.

Robert J. Margolis, M.D., HealthCare Partners chairman and chief executive officer, stressed, "The ACO pilot is a win for everyone--physicians providing superior clinical care for their patients, for patients receiving that care, and for all of us who want to wring unnecessary costs out of the healthcare system."

He is joined in that anticipation by Jay Cohen, M.D., president and chairman of the board at Monarch, who stated "this is a very exciting development for anyone who supports innovative ideas designed to improve healthcare delivery in the communities we serve. Monarch has always been a leader in this regard and is delighted to have bee
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