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Systems in Texas Are Joining the ACO Trend

by E. Dale Burrus, JD, LLM on May 5th, 2011

The first health care systems in Texas have expressed the intent to create a joint Accountable Care Organization (ACO), joining the small majority of health care systems across the nation that have signaled a similar plan. Texas Health Resources in Arlington and Methodist Health System in Dallas announced a possible joint ACO. While located in the same general region, both systems state that their geographic markets do not overlap and are complementary.

Generally speaking, ACOs are integrated health care delivery systems, which in this case, envision a multi-specialty care organization. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently issued proposed rules for ACOs and approximately 64% of health care organizations have indicated an interest in forming an ACO while 39% percent will launch in 2012.

More details about the Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System joint ACO can be found at the following resources:
Texas Health
Modern Healthcare
Health Leaders Media

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